Israeli journalist Zvika Klein took the concept of an anti-catcalling video from last fall and used to portray a Paris rife with anti-Semitism.
Klein donned a yarmulke and a tzitzit and had himself secretly filmed walking around the polis. He was spat at, called a homo and a Jew, and followed menacingly at least once. At one point “Viva Palestine” is shouted at him, evidence for those who claim anti-Israeli sentiment is but a thin cloak for anti-Semitism.
“Areas known as tourist attractions were relatively calm, but the further from them we walked, the more anxious I became over the hateful stares, the belligerent remarks, and the hostile body language,” Klein wrote. He continued:
At a nearby cafי, fingers were pointed at us, and moments later two thugs were waiting for us on the street corner. They swore at me, yelled “Jew” and spat at me. “I think we’ve been made,” the photographer whispered at me. Two youths were waiting for us on the next street corner, as they had apparently heard that a Jew was walking around their neighborhood.
They made it clear to us that we had better get out of there, and we took their advice. “A few more minutes and this would have been a lynching,” the bodyguard told me as we were getting into the car. “Leave this area right now.”
Paris was the site of a recent attack on a kosher deli that resulted in the murders of four Jews. That attack and a shooting outside a Copenhagen synagogue this weekend has drawn attention to European anti-Semitism, which is particular virulent in Paris, and in response to which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored European Jews to mass immigrate to Israel.
Watch the clip below, via YouTube:
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