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In telling my father about the assault on La Roquette, I asked him if he had ever seen any such clashes.
He answered, yes…. In Algeria, before leaving it all behind… He added: but we were in Algeria, here we’re in metropolitan France!!
I wished him sweet dreams and hung up. I cried…
This morning, I’ve stayed in bed, I feel sick… Yesterday a part of my love for France left me… Without a severe and general turnabout, I don’t see how I can decently educate my children in the balance of Judaism and secular life that I knew in my childhood… I am torn… The words of the uprising do not compensate for the general silence.
Yesterday I was afraid… Luckily, I was only afraid…
Some context for this family’s personal experience from www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Please note a common theme in Jewish history: that a nation emerging from colonialism often attacks rather than includes its Jewish community, no matter how ancient or integrated.
Jewish population of Algeria, 1948: 140,000
Jewish population of Algeria, 2013: 75
Jewish settlement in present-day Algeria can be traced back to the first centuries of the Common Era. In the 14th century, with the deterioration of conditions in Spain, many Spanish Jews moved to Algeria. Among them were a number of outstanding scholars, including Rav Yitzchak ben Sheshet Perfet (the Ribash) and Rav Shimon ben Zemah Duran (the Rashbatz). After the French occupation of the country in 1830, Jews gradually adopted French culture and were granted French citizenship.2
On the eve of WWII, there were about 120,000 Jews in Algeria. In 1934, Muslims, incited by events in Nazi Germany, rampaged in Constantine, killing 25 Jews and injuring many more. Starting in 1940, under Vichy rule, Algerian Jews were persecuted socially and economically. The Jews averted total destruction through their initiative and participation in the resistance. Their resistance activities helped neutralize Algiers while the Americans landed in the country. In 1955 there were 140,000 Jews in Algeria.
After being granted independence in 1962, the Algerian government harassed the Jewish community and deprived Jews of their economic rights. As a result, almost 130,000 Algerian Jews immigrated to France. Since 1948, 25,681 Algerian Jews have immigrated to Israel.
Most of the remaining Jews live in Algiers, but there are individual Jews in Oran and Blida. Jews practice their religion freely, and Jewish community leaders are included in ceremonial state functions. There is no resident rabbi.3
In 1994, the terrorist Armed Islamic Group - GIA declared its intention to eliminate Jews from Algeria; thus far, no attacks have been reported against the Algerian Jewish community.4 Following the announcement, many Jews left Algeria and the single remaining synagogue was abandoned.5 All other synagogues had previously been taken over for use as mosques.
If you want to ”add context” on a post, you should do it right. All of what you said is true and I in no way dening or dismissing it.
But what this person is talking about has nothing to do with ”french-antisemitism” as you put it in your tag. There is no combat to get rid of the jews in France. This is about the war between Palestine and Israel. After Israel attacks killed a lot of civilians the last few days, a lot of manifestations took place in France, but they were forbiden in Paris and things got really ugly.
That is the context.
I’m all for educating people of the problems in our society, but we see too much posts on Tumblr that put the wrong context on a problem enonciated on the original post, and it cause thousands of people to believe in false informations. False information is as bad as no information. Don’t put context on a post when you don’t know about it, you are not only creating a problem that is not there (in this context) but you are taking the focus away from the problem. Remember when we barely scrash the surface of what really happened in Brasil durring The World Cup in the media because they were too busy talking about something else; that might not have been your intention, but you’re doing the same thing
You all better reblog this.m7madsmiry
Seriously! Signal boost!
i know this is not what this blog posts but please spread this
tell anyone you may know in Gaza
"…is that a cardboard cutout of Thor?"
"HE HAD A THING NOW DO YOU WANT THE DAMN DORITO OR NOT"
omg im gomen this stopped being funny after i had more than two hours of sleep but it’s been on my hard drive since i saw iron man 3 so i quickly finished and posted it
OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST THING
Oh my god the Thor cut out is my favorite I WANT ONE.