25% drop in the first six months of 2022

The Minister of the Interior inaugurated on Wednesday evening a synagogue in Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine). The opportunity for him to report a decline in anti-Semitic acts in France. Gérald Darmanin indeed affirmed that there had been “227 anti-Semitic acts” committed in the first six months of the current year. Or “for the first time, a 25% drop” compared to the same period of the previous year (298 anti-Semitic acts).

He specified that, of this total, “50% (were) physical acts of an anti-Semitic nature”. Gérald Darmanin considered that there was “no distinction between anti-Semitic acts and hatred of Israel”. “We have to say it and say it again,” insisted the minister, who was warmly applauded. “The same people who denounce Israel and the same people who denounce the faults – and I put quotes – of the Jews are the same people who denounce the police. Sometimes the extremes come together, ”also said Gérald Darmanin.

No law against wearing yarmulkes on the street

The Minister of the Interior also emphasized “the great fear of Jews in France, who see physically, not simply culturally, the fear of the other (…) because we have allowed too much to happen”. In charge of worship, Gérald Darmanin also argued that “French secularism (was) not the negation of religions” and “it is not neutrality in the public space”. “We will always be able to wear kippas in the streets of France,” he added, promising that no “republican law would prohibit it”.

“There is no secularism without freedom of worship and no freedom of worship without a place of worship”, continued the Minister, but “if freedom of worship is almost absolute, it is not absolute to the point to annihilate the worship of others”.

The inauguration of a synagogue in Levallois comes the day after a call from the minister to the prefects and heads of the police and the gendarmerie for “reinforced vigilance” around Jewish places of worship as several religious holidays are about to begin.

According to figures from the Ministry of the Interior cited last February by MoDem MP Isabelle Florennes, there were “for the year 2021 a total of 1,659 anti-religious acts recorded, including 857 anti-Christian acts, 589 anti-Semites and 213 anti-Muslim acts”.

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