Hol­lande tries not to of­fend Mus­lim vot­ers

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MICHEL GURFINKIEL

ON JULY 31, the left-wing news­pa­per Lib­er­a­tion floated on its front page the idea that Ligue de Défense Juive (LDJ), the group that played a key role in de­fend­ing Don Isaac Abra­vanel Sy­n­a­gogue in cen­tral Paris when it was at­tacked by a Mus­lim mob on July 13, should be banned.

Ac­cord­ing to other lib­eral or left­wing me­dia out­lets, the French In­te­rior Min­istry “was about” to is­sue such a ban.

Joel Mer­gui, the chair­man of Con­sis­toire (the Na­tional Union of French syn­a­gogues), re­torted in a TV in­ter­view: “Why not ban the or­gan­is­ers and spon­sors of an­tisemitic demon­stra­tions and those dozens of mosques that in­cite peo­ple to anti-Jewish ha­tred and vi­o­lence? It is the Jews who are un­der at­tack in France, not the op­po­site.”

Although no in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence against LDJ was found, officials at the In­te­rior Min­istry and the left-wing press in­sisted that the Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tion should be dis­solved.

Many ob­servers think the so­cial­ist François Hol­lande ad­min­is­tra­tion and se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers want to em­pha­sise ex­trem­ism on both sides — among “rogue Jews” as well as among Mus­lims.

“It is the Hol­lande ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ma­jor co­nun­drum,” one poll­ster said. “Mr Hol­lande and Prime Min­is­ter Manuel Valls have ex­pessed pro-Jewish and even pro-Is­rael views. But 86 per cent of French Mus­lims voted for them in 2012 and were in­stru­men­tal in their rel­a­tively nar­row vic­tory over Ni­co­las Sarkozy. They have to re­tain the Mus­lim vote in order to sur­vive po­lit­i­cally.”

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