By Miri -
Strolling down some of the busier streets that run parallel to the sea shore in Tel Aviv's bourgeois North one easily finds a number of small businesses, hairdressers, cosmeticians and so on displaying signs in their windows saying “Nous parlons Francais”. Similarly, passing coffee shops and restaurants in that same area one cannot miss the considerably amount of people speaking French.
|French Bakery in Netanya|
|Desecrated cemetary, Strasbourg, France, 2010|
The rise of anti-Semitism has te bo contextualised in a broader rise of racism in France
In 2008 a government agency counted 1026 acts of racist violence or threats of racist violence in 2009, most of which were directed against North Africans. This was up from 467 in 2008.
Six mosques were attacked, which was two more than in 2008.
According to statistics, anti-Semitic violence had also risen from 459 reported acts or threats of violence to 815. Thirty attacks were also made against French synagogues in 2009.
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