An open letter addressing widespread anti-Semitism in France received some 300 signatures from prominent figures, due in large part to the increasingly hostile and violent behavior of Muslims in the country.
Published by Le Parisien over the weekend, the manifesto was drafted by Philippe Val, former editor of Charlie Hebdo, and has been endorsed by entertainers, businessmen, intellectuals, artists, and politicians from both sides of the aisle including former President Nikolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni, former Prime Ministers Manuel Valls and Bernard Cazeneuve, and former Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe.
It warns of a "low-level ethnic purging" of Jews taking place in France, citing high-profile attacks carried out by Islamists, including a recent brutal murder in Paris that shocked the nation as 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mirielle Knoll was stabbed 11 times by her Muslim neighbor, who then set her body on fire.
The letter refers to government statistics reflecting that "French Jews are 25 times more likely to be attacked than their fellow Muslims," and accuses politicians of hiding the issue by silencing outcry with the weaponized accusation of 'Islamophobia' because the Muslim vote outnumbers the Jewish vote tenfold.
"10% of the Jewish citizens of France - that is to say about 50,000 people - have recently been forced to move because they were no longer safe in some cities, and because their children do not could attend local French schools anymore."
It also points out that Islamists wreak havoc across the world with measurable consistency, but that when they do the same in France, it is dismissed as ordinary 'social unrest.'
"Why this silence? Because Islamic radicalization - and the anti-Semitism it conveys - is exclusively considered by some of the French elites as the expression of a 'social revolt,' whereas the same phenomenon is observed in societies as varied as Denmark, Afghanistan, Mali or Germany."
The manifesto closes with a call upon imams in France to 'make obsolete' all Koranic verses that "refer to the murder and punishment of Jews, Christians and unbelievers" in an effort to reform the religion, as Biblical teachings were reformed for modern Christianity.
"We expect the Islam of France to lead the way. We demand that the fight against the democratic bankruptcy of anti-Semitism become a national cause before it is too late. Before France is no longer France."
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