A rally in London, a rally in Paris

March 27, 2018



[Note by Tom Gross]

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s dispatch: “If it quacks like a duck…” (& Holocaust survivor brutally murdered in Paris)

And there is another later dispatch here: Labour mayor: Israel behind US school shootings (& a hero dies, aged 107)


The 85-year-old child Holocaust survivor murdered in her apartment in a working class neighborhood of Paris, who I wrote about yesterday morning, has now been named as Mireille Knoll. Besides being repeatedly stabbed and burned, police sources say she had her throat slit, and that anti-Semitism was the prime motive for her murder. Two suspects have been arrested.

As a nine-year-old girl, she was one of the survivors of the notorious Vel d’hiv round-up of Paris’s Jews by French police acting for the Nazis in 1942 -- events depicted in the 2010 film Sarah’s Key, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, which I recommended in this dispatch.

Knoll is the 11th person murdered in an act of anti-Semitism in France in the past 12 years, and many others, including children, have been badly injured.

Knoll’s late husband was an Auschwitz survivor. Some of her children and grandchildren had already emigrated to Israel in recent years, partly as a result of French anti-Semitism

A “silent march” outside her home in Paris, initiated by a French friend of mine and subscriber to this email list, is planned for tomorrow in her memory. It is expected to draw thousands of people. Unlike the march yesterday in London, in which only a handful of non-Jews joined British Jews in protesting anti-Semitism, significant numbers of French non-Jews are expected to join tomorrow’s vigil.


(I am told by staff at the New York Times that, prompted by my remarks on this in my dispatch yesterday morning and by my criticism in that dispatch of the New York Times for not sufficiently covering anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, the New York Times commissioned this piece which went on line late last night and is also on page 7 of the print edition today, May 27. Senior staff at the New York Times subscribe to this Middle East dispatch, invitation-only, email list.)



Below are a selection of today’s British newspaper covers. Only the Guardian, in denial about the ugly nature of the British far left as ever, talks of ‘perceived’ anti-Semitism.



As the left-wing Israeli paper Haaretz writes:

The rally by Jews outside parliament in London was “unprecedented. The Jewish community in a modern Western democracy is accusing one of the country’s largest mainstream political parties and its leader, who may well be the country’s next prime minister, of tolerating and enabling anti-Semitism. More remarkable is that it is happening in Britain, where the leaders of the Jewish establishment are notoriously timid and routinely shy away from any hint of controversy. And to the Labour Party, which historically fought against any racism or discrimination against minorities...”

“There will be no happy end to this sorry saga. At 68, and after nearly half a century of political activism, Corbyn is too old and dogmatic to change. His attitudes can’t shift. In the some way he is incapable of acknowledging that Russia was almost certainly behind last month’s poisoning of a former double agent in Salisbury, even though his beloved Soviet Union was long ago replaced in Moscow by Vladimir Putin’s kleptocracy, he is incapable of grasping that many of his fellow-travelers on the radical left are judeophobic. And many of those who now cling to Corbyn as their savior are equally incapable of hearing any ill spoken of him.”



Above is the cover of yesterday’s pro-Erdogan Turkish daily Yeni Akit, portraying German Chancellor Angela Merkel on its front cover as Adolf Hitler and accusing her of having a "Nazi mentality".

Merkel has in fact been rather timid in her condemnation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s continuing round up and imprisonment of thousands of Turkish human rights activists and journalists. Other western leaders too have been timid about their condemnation of Erdogan. As I wrote at the time, I believe it was a terrible strategic mistake of both former American President Barack Obama and former British Prime Minister David Cameron to travel to Turkey on almost their very first foreign policy trips and lavish praise on Erdogan who was already behaving like a ruthless dictator at the time.

-- Tom Gross


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