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Ilan Halimi Could Not Be Reached For Comment

You think Britain is bad (it is—at least its architects, see below—no matter how much I love it), France is worse

A Jewish teacher from Paris told police that three men had assaulted and cursed him in Arabic before drawing a swastika on his chest.

The attack occurred on Thursday night, according to a report by the Drancy-based Bureau for National Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, a watchdog group known as BNVCA.

“They pressed him to the wall and hit his face, around the eyes and on his chest,” the report said. The blows broke his nose and deformed it, according to the report.

“One of the perpetrators opened the victim’s shirt and with a black marker drew a swastika on the man’s bare chest,” BNVCA president Sammy Ghozlan wrote in the BNVCA report.

The victim, who was wearing a kippah at the time of the attack, was identified as K. Richard. He was treated for a broken nose and lacerations on his face on Thursday night.

He told police that the three men who attacked him appeared to be of North African descent and were in their twenties. They cornered him as he was exiting a kosher restaurant on Manin Street in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, near the Gare du Nord train station.

They shouted “Death to the Jews” and called him “Dirty Jew” in French and also shouted insults in Arabic which Richard did not understand, the BNVCA report said.

I believe the Arabic insults were along the lines of “Your architects kill the state and steal the land.” (See post below.)

BNVCA has recorded a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in France in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, the two-year anniversary of the murder of four Jews in Toulouse, the president of the local Jewish community encouraged young Jews to leave France.

Arie Bensemhoun, the community’s president, said young Jews should leave Toulouse because they could not practice Judaism openly and without fear there.

“I won’t deny that, yes, I encourage the younger people to make aliyah [immigrate to Israel] or go elsewhere, where they can thrive in open Judaism, emancipated and without constantly fearing over what tomorrow will bring,” Bensemhoun said.

On March 19, 2012, 23-year-old French-born Islamist Mohammed Merah arrived armed at the Ohr Hatorah Jewish day school in Toulouse, where he killed eight-year-old Miriam Monsonego along with Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and his two sons, Arieh and Gabriel.

Also Wednesday, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls called anti-Zionism “an invitation to anti-Semitism.” He was speaking at a rally in Paris commemorating the four Jews murdered in Toulouse.

That, at least, is indisputable—as Dr. King reminds us:

PS: Who’s Ilan Halimi?

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Let Us Now Praise Victor Dubuisson

Whosie What?

Victor Dubuisson. Get used to the name: you’ll be hearing it.

Has Europe discovered the new Seve Ballesteros? Certainly the Spaniard would have been proud with Victor Dubuisson’s incredible fightback in Sunday’s WGC Accenture Matchplay final, which will forever be remembered because of two miracle shots from the desert.

Ultimately, it ended in defeat as Jason Day prevailed on the 23rd hole. But nobody will ever forget the Frenchman’s contribution in the championship’s youngest final which was also surely its greatest final. Those two wonder shots from the Dove Mountain bushes will always be replayed.

Sir Nick Faldo called the pair of par saves “without a doubt, the two greatest up and downs in a row in history”.
Nobody would disagree, least of all Paul McGinley, the Europe Ryder Cup captain, who surely cannot wait to have the 23-year-old on his team at Gleneagles.

Having been three down after nine, Dubuisson was two down with two to play against the Australian Jason Day, but took the game into sudden death with a 12-footer on the 17th and a brilliant up and down on the 18th. It was impressive stuff but rendered merely routine by what was to follow.

With his approach on the first extra hole, Dubuisson flew the green and his ball landed in a bush. Dubuisson seemed dead, but he proceeded to take a nonchalant swing, cover himself in needles and watch it roll up to three feet.

Day could not believe it, but kept his focus to perform his own up and down from a bunker. Yet on the second extra hole (the ninth) could only shake his head and laugh as his opponent did the unthinkable yet again.

If anything, the sequel was even better, even more unlikely. They call Dubuisson “Golden Hands” in Cannes, but when he hooked his approach into another bush, Midas, himself, would have given up. Dubuisson’s ball was covered by a branch, but another quick swipe saw it pop up, run through the rough and to within six feet.

It is a secret known to few intimates that I love golf. Watching it—who has the time to play? Okay, I hit a few balls now and then, and have a fairly decent swing. But actually playing a course? I’d rather walk the Bloodthirsty Puppy—she’d rather, anyway.

I’ve seen most of Tiger’s great shots over the years; same with Phil’s. Heck, I’ve seen most of Jack’s, Tom’s, Lee’s, and Johnny’s. I have no shortage of memories of awesome, incredible golf shots.

But I just added another one today—one near the top. This Victor Dooby-Doo character was unknown to me until maybe Friday. A 23 year-old Frenchman only just playing in America, he was the star of this event. And he lost. But oh, how he lost.

His compatriot, Jean Van de Velde, notoriously choked at the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1999 (saw that, too), blowing a two-shot lead on the final hole. But Dubuisson was made of sterner stuff. As the account above hints at—you had to see it to believe it, had to—every hole he dug himself, he blithely climbed out of with a Gallic shrug.

And I didn’t see the last one. The match had gone so far beyond its allotted time—as had dinner in the BTL household—I gave him up for dead after his second encounter with the desert flora in extra holes. He had already done enough that I didn’t want to see him lose in ignominy. My humanity cost me another memory.

You’ll read about it in the papers, perhaps see the highlights on the sports shows. But what Victor Dubuisson displayed today was that most un-French of attributes: un coeur de lion.

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What a Dope

Forgive Obama his obvious and embarrassing ignorance. He hears the man’s name as de Toke-ville, and begins to lose his focus:

Obama’s error came when he misnamed Alexis de Tocqueville, a clear-eyed Frenchman who explained the subtle miracle of American culture and democracy in the 1830s. His book is a classic, partly because his insights about Americans’ social equality and civic society have become commonplace among centrists and conservatives.

But Obama called him “Alex” in front of the French and U.S. press, and while facing banks of TV cameras.

The White House’s official transcript, however, hides the presidential error by using the correct name. It now says that Obama declared: “Alexis de Tocqueville — that great son of France who chronicled our American democracy.”

Alex wrote that great book, Democracy in the Good Ol’ US of A. He should be ranked among other great Frenchmen, such as the historic general, Nap Lajoie; hotelier Paris Hilton; anchorman Ron Burgundy; running back Frenchy Fuqua; singer Edith Pilaf; actor Gerald Depardoo; politician Charles De Gaulle Airport; martyr and boatbuilder, Joan of Ark; writer Anatole and his brother Tour de France; and that great bluesman, Châteauneuf Pop.

A little learning (very little) is a dangerous thing. The rest of the world knows what a boob Obama is—he proves it to them over and over. Why we can’t figure it out must mean we’re even stupider than he is. In the land of the blind…

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Les Juifs Sont Faits

“Jews out of France”? Very well.

C’est votre funérailles:

It is nothing short of chilling.

A video, taken on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, shows masses of French protesters marching down a Paris thoroughfare chanting openly anti-Semitic slogans and calling on Jews to get out of France.

Chants include “Jews, France is not yours!” “Jews out of France” and “The story of the gas chambers is bull***!” At one point, in a show of raw, seething hatred, the crowd simply spits out the word “Jew, Jew, Jew!”

Many of the marchers can be seen giving the “quenelle” inverted Nazi salute popularized by anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne. The gesture is seen as a way for anti-Semites to give a Nazi salute without incurring the wrath of authorities – although one demonstrator can be seen giving a full-on Nazi salute as well.

It was part of a “Day of Anger” called by extremists in support of Dieudonne last Sunday. French police estimated that around 17,000 people had attended the march.

Seventeen thousand! Do you suppose they were all Arab?

Isn’t the iconography delicious? The French tricouleur as backdrop for a neo-Nazi salute.

Why is a “comedian” doing and saying such despicable things?

It pays:

French police seized 650,000 euros and $15,000 in cash during a raid on the home of anti-Semitic comic Dieudonne M’bala M’bala as part of a probe into suspected fraud, sources said Wednesday to AFP.

I am a believer in a strong Israel and a strong diaspora, but the two may be mutually exclusive.

I just hope the French Jews making aliyah in record numbers reenact this scene from Saving Private Ryan as they board the boats or planes to take them to the land where Jews may live free (if not completely without fear):

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Netanya: The New French Riviera

And a beautiful place it is

This sunny city on the Mediterranean has become known among Israelis as the French Riviera, both as a compliment and a dig.

As immigration to Israel has dipped over the past 10 years, France is the only country seeing a growing number of its Jewish citizens move there. And Netanya is the French arrivals’ No. 1 destination.

The French in Netanya aren’t wearing berets and striped shirts, but the signs of their arrival are everywhere. The shop windows of real estate offices offer “superbe maison, vue sur mer, 3 salles de bain.” There are lawn bowling clubs, and the falafel joint’s menu lists “hamburger avec frites.” A French-style bakery called Pain au Chocolat is filled with mid-morning coffee dawdlers and children in strollers munching macaroons.

The reasons the French newcomers give for moving here: They love Israel, or at least the idea of Israel; the economy in France is weak, especially for young people; and perhaps most important, they say they feel a rise in anti-Semitism in France, from the subtle forms — promotions passed over, party invitations that never arrive — to the most overt.

“We come from Toulouse, so you can understand why we came here,” said Laurent Mardoukh, a middle-aged building contractor who arrived in Netanya with his wife and three boys last year.

Mardoukh’s eldest son was attending the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse on March 19, 2012, when a French national of Algerian heritage named Mohammed Merah shot to death a rabbi and three students.

“Now I prefer to live in peace and quiet in Israel, surrounded by all the craziness of the region, than in France, which is not as quiet as it seems,” Mardoukh said.

I’ll tell you what – I could live in that environment. It is beautiful, clean, sunny and warm. Sign me up.

- Aggie

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Smiling Mullahs…

And frowning emissaries.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that his country would not be pushed to stop enriching uranium hours after talks between Iran and six Western nations broke up without a deal being struck over the former’s nuclear program.

The remarks came as Rouhani and his envoys sought to assure hard-line critics that Iran will not make sweeping concessions in the negotiations, which in Geneva early Sunday and are scheduled to resume Nov. 20.

In an address to parliament, Rouhani said uranium enrichment is a “red line” that cannot be crossed.

“Nuclear rights in the international framework, including uranium enrichment, on its soil” are not negotiable, Rouhani was quoted as saying by the semiofficial ISNA news agency. “For us, red lines are not crossable.”

What a shot!

Negotiations between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the U.S., Great Britain, Russia, China, and France), and Germany hit a snag Saturday after France expressed concerns that the proposed deal did not do enough to trim Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that the talks managed to narrow differences without eliminating them, saying there are “still questions to be dealt with” in future rounds. Later, Fabius told France-Inter Radio that France did not want to be part of a “con game.”

Schooled by the French on standing tough. Whomever could he mean?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “significant progress” had been made on the differences that remain. However, Kerry also acknowledged there were “certain issues that we needed to work through.”

Otherwise, you might get “stuck in Iran”, right John? But turn that frown upside down, JFK! Don’t let all those botox treatments go to waste.

UPDATE: Some people find the term Islamofascism offensive. May we then offer IslaMafia as an alternative?

A Twitter account Iran experts believe is run by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized France on Sunday after Paris expressed reservations about a proposed deal to end a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.

A message posted in English on the account @khamenei_ir said: “French officials have been openly hostile towards the Iranian nation over the past few years; this is an imprudent and inept move.”

A second tweet said: “A wise man, particularly a wise politician, should never have the motivation to turn a neutral entity into an enemy.”

Translation: “Nice country ya got there…shame if somthin’ happened to it.”

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That’s Where the Jews Are

When notorious bank robber, Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he answered, “That’s where the money is.”

That explains why European “diplomats” from a part of the world stripped of Jewish people for decades, centuries, millennia come to Israel:

Diplomats and parliamentarians, mainly from European countries, have actively participated in popular resistance events and activities initiated by Palestinian Authority Arabs in Judea and Samaria, a report released by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) has found.

The report has found that in isolated cases, these European diplomats and parliamentarians also participate in activities on the ground which defy Israel. The report cited as an example the French diplomat who was documented as she physically attacked an Israeli soldier during a demonstration in support of illegal Bedouin squatters.

Bilin is one of several hotspots in Judea and Samaria where Arabs, radical leftists and anarchists engage the IDF and Border Police in clashes every Friday, for the purpose of disseminating propaganda footage to the world. The demonstrators regularly initiate violence during these protests, injuring soldiers who attempt to use non-violent means to disperse them.

It has been reported that protesters in Bilin earn money from international leftists for throwing stones at soldiers.

In its report, ITIC also noted that the PA and Fatah encourage European diplomats and anti-Israeli activists to participate in popular resistance events. They regard their involvement as a tool for enhancing the legitimacy of the popular resistance, as a way of making it difficult for Israeli security forces to respond to illegal activities and a means of exerting international diplomatic pressure on Israel, especially pressure from European countries.

Can you blame that French bitch for coming to Israel to punch a Jew? There are fewer Jews in France all the time:

Since 2013, there has been a 10 percent increase of Jewish population in France moving to Israel. It is estimated that there will be 2,500 new immigrants from France by the end of this year, almost doubling the amount of immigrants from previous years.

France has the third-largest Jewish community in the world, after Israel and the United States. However, anti-Semitism is rampant in many parts of the country, particularly in areas with high concentrations of Arab and Muslim immigrants.

In 2012, an Algerian-Muslim fanatic, Mohammed Mera, murdered three Jewish schoolchildren and a trainee rabbi – as well as three French soldiers – in attacks in and around the French city of Toulouse.

In 2006, Ilan Halimi – a 17 year-old French Jew – was kidnapped and tortured to death by a Muslim gang.

Those two incidents were simply the deadliest in a string of violent attacks against French Jews, which is believed to be responsible to some degree for the community’s rapidly increasing rates of aliyah (immigration to Israel).

In related, if utterly dispiriting, news, Caroline Glick notes:

All of Obama’s second term foreign policy goals are harmful to Israel. Everything that is good for Obama is necessarily bad for Israel.

You have a nice day now!

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Demander and Ye Shall Recevoir

We noted the other day that a French government official wanted to scatter the gypsies from his land like so many cockroaches.

Lo, and behold:

Police in the northern French town of Roubaix have dismantled a Roma (Gypsy) camp, days after the interior minister said most Roma should be expelled.

Officers moved in around 07:00 (05:00 GMT) to remove caravans parked in the sprawling camp as Roma families hastily packed up their belongings.

Many people had already left the camp, where 200 people were living, during the night, French media report.

On Wednesday, Interior Minister Manuel Valls drew criticism for his stance.

After the Socialist minister said few Roma could ever integrate into French society and “the majority” should be sent “back to the borders”, human rights campaigners, the European Commission and one of his cabinet colleagues voiced indignation.

Amnesty International said more than 10,000 Roma had been evicted from temporary camps in the first half of the year and Mr Valls’s remarks were likely to “perpetuate stereotypes and encourage animosity”.

The mayor of Roubaix, Pierre Dubois, said the town had asked police to clear the camp for reasons of “security, hygiene and major inconvenience to local residents”.

But the eviction was criticised by politician Majdouline Sbai, who is deputy head of the Nord/Pas-de-Calais regional council.

She said that many children from the camp had been enrolled in local schools and that the eviction had been carried out without any substantial offer of new accommodation.

The treatment of Roma people – who face widespread discrimination in Europe – is a political hot potato in France.

Yes, but the French are geniuses with hot potatoes!

We like to call this phenomenon the Daily Humiliation of the Roma People™.

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Apartheid State Update

Apartheid is alive and well…and living in France!

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls says he stands by remarks calling for the country’s Roma (Gypsies) to be expelled.

He said few Roma could ever integrate into French society and “the majority” should be sent “back to the borders”.

He has been criticised by human rights campaigners, the European Commission and one of his cabinet colleagues.

Amnesty International is calling for a ban on forced evictions of Roma people in France in a report out on Wednesday.

It says more than 10,000 were evicted from temporary camps in the first of half of the year.

That sounds like the French have “occupied” Roma lands. The daily humiliation of the Roma people must stop.

Mr Valls was also criticised by the UN human rights body, the European Commission, other rights groups including Roma organisations – some of whom are pledging to take Mr Valls to court for incitement to racial hatred.

I’m sure the UN’s Human Rights Council will act immediately as well.

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Détestant la Juif

“Hating on the Hebrew” goes international!

This past week has had its share of Islamist violence.

Boko Haram Islamists massacred 159 in Nigeria.

Suicide bombers in Iraq killed 96 attending a funeral.

A bombing of a church in Pakistan killed 81.

Terrorists took over a mall in Kenya and killed up to 68.

56 soldiers and policemen in Yemen were slaughtered by Islamic extremists.

It’s anyone’s guess how many died in Syria this past week.

But what really riled European diplomats like Marion Fesneau-Castaing and her boss Lady Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, were a bunch of Israeli soldiers standing around to ensure that demonstrators – including European diplomats – didn’t get out of hand while illegal dwellings were dismantled. Ms. Fesneau-Castaing punched a young Israeli soldier in order to flaunt her sacrosanct diplomatic status. Undoubtedly, she is basking in her courageous act of defiance, secure in the safe confines of Israel and far removed from places like Nigeria and Pakistan where real courage is required.

The best that can be said of the French fly trap is that she hits like a girl. A French girl. The Parisian putain seems to serve as “secretary of humanitarian and social cooperation at the Consulate general of France in Jerusalem”, according to a Google translation.

But what she looks like is Gallic Gauleiter:

Some people are more in need of a punch in the face than others.

[Reader Jeanette sent us a link to another account of this story.]

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Nous Avons Vôtre Dos

“We’ve got your back,” in French:

France is still ready to take action in Syria alongside the US, despite UK MPs blocking British involvement, President Francois Hollande has said.

He told Le Monde newspaper a strike within days could not be ruled out.

The US says it will continue to seek a coalition, and President Barack Obama is meeting his national security team.

Mark Steyn:

What was the old gag from a decade ago during those interminable U.N. resolutions with Chirac saying “Non!” every time? Ah, yes: “Going to war without the French is like going hunting without an accordion.”

I would ask what it would be like to go to war with the French, but no one living has had the experience.

Just use the French word, guerre, President Obama. You’ll win over all the chicks and Chris Matthews.

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Will the Last Jew to Leave France Please Blow Out the Shabbat Candles?

On second thought, let the place burn:

Since 2013, there has been a 10 percent increase of Jewish population in France moving to Israel. It is estimated that there will be 2,500 new immigrants from France by the end of this year, almost doubling the amount of immigrants from previous years.

France has the third-largest Jewish community in the world, after Israel and the United States. However, anti-Semitism is rampant in many parts of the country, particularly in areas with high concentrations of Arab and Muslim immigrants.

In 2012, an Algerian-Muslim fanatic, Mohammed Mera, murdered three Jewish schoolchildren and a trainee rabbi – as well as three French soldiers – in attacks in and around the French city of Toulouse.

In 2006, Ilan Halimi – a 17 year-old French Jew – was kidnapped and tortured to death by a Muslim gang.

Those two incidents were simply the deadliest in a string of violent attacks against French Jews, which is believed to be responsible to some degree for the community’s rapidly increasing rates of aliyah (immigration to Israel).

Sure, blame the Arabs and Muslims, but spare a contemptuous thought for politicians like Jacques Chirac (among legions of others) who demonized Israel at every turn.

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