FRANCE - Antisemitism Has Exploded

Arno Froese

France has recorded more than a thousand antisemitic acts since the massive October 7 assault by Hamas terrorists on Israel, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.

“The number of antisemitic acts has exploded,” he told France 2 television, adding that 486 people have been arrested for such offenses, including 102 foreigners.

There was no typical profile for those arrested, he added. They ranged from “young kids who say very serious things” to people involved in the pro-Palestinian cause who had gone too far.

Paris prosecutors are already investigating the daubing of dozens of Stars of David on buildings around the city and its suburbs, seen as threatening Jews. In another nearby town of Saint-Ouen, they were accompanied by inscriptions such as “Palestine will overcome.”

France’s Jewish population, estimated at over 500,000, is the largest in Europe and the third-biggest in the world, after Israel and the United States.

-www.timesofisrael.com, 5 November 2023

Arno's Commentary

The antisemitic events in France clearly demonstrate the power of the media. Politico reports: 

France’s state-funded news channel France 24 has suspended four journalists working for its Arabic service over allegations of anti-Semitism.

“We also state forcefully that our coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in no way partisan, that we abhor anti-Semitism and that the France 24 newsroom will not be associated with such accusations,” the statement read.

-www.politico.eu, 14 March 2023

Although France prides itself as the country of liberty, equality, and fraternity, it is extremely doubtful that they will be able to suppress antisemitism. Yet this not limited to France, but we read a global prophecy in Jeremiah 29:14: “And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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