Last updated on February 27th, 2019
Thousands of demonstrators came together in France to take a dig at the anti-Semitic attacks. The protestors marched under the morcha of “That’s Enough” at the Place de la République in the capital Paris and other cities.
The uprising came after around 80 graves were vandalized with swastikas overnight in a Jewish cemetery in Eastern France. The photos that went viral also showcased tombstones spray-painted with blue and yellow Nazi symbols and other graffiti.
French President, Emmanuel Macron censured the happening as he paid a visit Tuesday to the cemetery in Quatzenheim, where he looked at the carnage caused by the attackers.
“We will take actions, we will use laws and we will punish,” Macron told local communities leaders at the cemetery. He added, “Those who did this are not worthy of the republic. … France will punish them. I don’t want what happened here to give ideas to others.”
France is already going through a rough patch, with the Yellow-vest protests kneeling down the President from making any real attempts of ensuring peace in the nation. The attack was also the second in recent times at a Jewish cemetery in France.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu also expressed that he was dazed by the attacked in Quatzenheim and called on the leaders in France and Europe to “take a strong stand against anti-Semitism.” He added, “It is a plague that endangers everyone, not just us, and it must be condemned wherever and whenever it rears its head.”
The number of attacks on Jews has increased by 74%, according to French authorities, with 311 incidents recorded in 2017, compared to 541 in 2018. Out of which, at least 11 people have been killed in anti-Semitic violence since 2016.
Earlier this month, a tree planted in memory of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Jewish cellphone salesman murdered in 2006 by a group calling itself the “gang of barbarians,” was uprooted ahead of the ceremony planned for his death anniversary.
No suspects have yet been named in the recent incident. However, the timing of the protest alleges that its coincidence with yellow vest protests, which happened the last weekend, was directed towards bashing the French President, Macron once again.
Moreover, tensions in France are also increasing because of the forthcoming European Union elections, which will be held in May.