Throughout France on Tuesday, February 19, demonstrations against anti-Semitism. In Paris at the Republic square to participate in a nationwide campaign gathered 10 to 15 thousand people, reported experienced the correspondent of Russian service RFI. The rally in the capital was attended by government Ministers, leaders of almost all political parties and members of Parliament.
The call to hold 19 Feb rallies against anti-Semitism signed by fifty organizations, 22 political parties, trade unions and social movements. The nationwide event was declared after a series of anti-Semitic attacks in recent days.
The day the stock became aware of the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Alsace. President Emmanuel macron called for the village Quatzenheim, where 80 graves were discovered the swastika, and then traveled to the Paris Holocaust Memorial.
Amid a surge in these crimes, the interior Ministry reported that in 2018 the number of anti-Semitic acts increased by 74% compared to the previous year (after two years of decline sad statistics).
The Paris event is scheduled for 19 hours, was short-lived. As reported from the scene correspondent of the Russian edition of RFI, the meeting resembled “national standing”.
On Republic square came many members of the government, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the leaders of almost all parties (except the head of “National unification” marine Le Pen), as well as former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande.
Instead of the official speeches, the audience listened to the performance of students from the Paris College named Paul Valery. The speech was preceded by introductory remarks by Rabbi Dolphin Orwig. She said that France should not allow anti-Semitism to spread: this is a “test for the nation, for its dignity”.
Young Parisians quoted Simone Weil, the famous French politician and a prisoner of Nazi camps, the thousands of French Jews deported and killed in camps during world war II. Those gathered 10 thousand people met the quote with applause, and then pulled the “Marseillaise.”
In the crowd were prominent posters of “anti — Semitism is not an opinion but a crime” and “anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism in fact. Has been and will remain”. Recall that this Tuesday thirty deputies of different parties gathered in the National Assembly and proposed the adoption of the law, “equating anti-Zionism to anti-Semitism.”
In addition, a meeting on the topic of combating anti-Semitism held in the interior Minister (aka Minister for religious Affairs) Christoph Kastner invited to the interior Ministry building representatives of all religious denominations.
On Republic square came representatives of Muslim religious associations, which barely broke into the middle of the square to attach to the grid poster against anti-Zionism.
Visited the rally the former President of France Francois Hollande in an interview with France-Presse called anti-Semitism “attack on the French Republic”, quoting words from the appeal of the organizers of the nationwide campaign: “anti-Semitism is not the problem of the Jews. This is a problem all the French”.
Another rally against anti-Semitism was held on Tuesday evening in Paris near the metro station “Ménilmontant”, in the East of the capital.