This is a world war, says Valls

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

FRENCH PRIME Min­is­ter Manuel Valls told a Jewish com­mu­nity gath­er­ing on Mon­day that the re­cent ter­ror­ism in Is­rael, along with the at­tacks by Daesh in France, showed “we are in a world war”.

Speak­ing at an event in Paris or­gan­ised by Crif, the French Jewish um­brella group, Mr Valls said: “There are more and more ter­ror­ist at­tacks all over the world. In France, Burk­ina Faso, in Jakarta, in Is­rael, it keeps hap­pen­ing and it shows we need to learn to live with it.”

He added that the in­creased ter­ror­ist threat in France could be ex­plained by “up­heaval in the Arab world” and “the re­al­ity in cer­tain neigh­bour­hoods in France, where young peo­ple are be­ing rad­i­calised.”

Mr Valls sought to re­as­sure his au­di­ence that the govern­ment was do­ing all it could to pro­tect France’s Jews: “We are do­ing 100 per cent, em­ploy­ing all mea­sures, and we will con­tinue to do so, but the risk is not neg­li­gi­ble.”

The prime min­is­ter also hit out at for­mer for­eign min­is­ter Roland Du­mas, who last year said Mr Valls was “un­der Jewish in­flu­ence” be­cause of his Jewish wife,An­neGravoin.“Iti­san­tisemitismof the worst kind,” Mr Valls said of Du­mas. “Cer­tain com­pul­sive an­ti­semites act on the fact that my wife is Jewish.”

Mean­while, Mar­seille foot­ball fans an­nounced last week they would cover their heads to show sol­i­dar­ity with a Jewish teacher who was at­tacked in the city last week.

A mes­sage posted on the Olympique de Mar­seille (OM) fans’ web­site on Thurs­day urged sup­port­ers to cover their heads at next week’s match in the Mar­seille Velo­drome sta­dium.

Ear­lier in the week, French Chief Rabbi Haim Kor­sia had called on OM fans to cover their heads af­ter the teacher — who had been wear­ing a kip­pah — was at­tacked by a teen wield­ing a ma­chete.

Af­ter the at­tack leader of the Mar­seille Con­sis­toire Tzvi Amar sug­gested Jews should not wear kip­pot for safety. This sparked the Chief Rabbi’s ap­peal and a so­cial me­dia cam­paign for ev­ery­one to wear kip­pot on Fri­day morn­ing #TousAvecUneKippa.

On Mon­day, French po­lice ar­rested two sus­pects, aged 21 and 23, over the mur­der of French Jewish politi­cian Alain Gho­z­land, 73, who was found dead last week at an apart­ment in Creteil. Po­lice said it was too early to know whether an­tisemitism was a mo­tive.


Prime Min­is­ter Valls with Pres­i­dent Hol­lande and Parisian lead­ers at a me­mo­rial for the vic­tims of the Paris at­tacks in Novem­ber

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