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July 15, 2014

Where's the Coverage? NYT, Others Ignore Attacks on Paris Synagogues

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The New York Times and other major American media outlets have completely ignored attacks this past weekend on three Paris-area synagogues, one involving a firebomb and another which left hundreds of Jews trapped for hours and several injured. According to a JTA report posted on Times of Israel:

A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza.

The firebomb went off Friday night at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported.

On July 8, the day that Israel launched Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza, a man described as having a Middle Eastern appearance assaulted a Jewish 17-year-old girl on a Paris street near the Gare du Nord train station by spraying pepper-spray on her face, BNVCA also reported.

The girl, identified by her initials, J.L., wrote in her complaint to police that the man, who was in his 20s, shouted: “Dirty Jewess, inshallah you will die.”

Regarding a separate attack this past Sunday, Times of Israel reported:

Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 166 Palestinians dead.

Several thousand demonstrators walked calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read “Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People”.

But clashes erupted at the end of the march on Bastille Square, with people throwing projectiles onto a cordon of police who responded with tear gas. The unrest was continuing early Sunday evening.

Media reports said that hundreds of Jews were trapped inside a synagogue in the area and police units were sent to rescue them.

A person in the synagogue told Israel’s Channel 2 news that protesters hurled stones and bricks at the building, “like it was an intifada.”

Riot police dispersed the group, with two members of the Jewish community and six officers slightly injured in the ensuing scuffle, the source said.

Those that did cover the attacks include the Guardian (please see analysis from CiF Watch, a CAMERA affiliate), The Independent, Agence France-Presse, and Associated Press. CNN also twice mentioned the attacks yesterday ("At this Hour with Berman and Michaela" and "Wolf".)

BBC Watch, a CAMERA affiliate, notes that BBC failed to cover the Paris-area attacks. Why do so many giants like BBC and The New York Times, along with the rest of the major American publications, deem the string of violent attacks against Parisian Jews not newsworthy? Where's the coverage?

Posted by TS at July 15, 2014 04:37 AM

Comments

Didn't France collaborate with the Nazis
during the 2nd WW ? Sad to see so much
anti semitism there again. Maybe there should
be more coverage on this.

Posted by: Selma Soss at July 19, 2014 02:02 AM

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