Paris hate crimes spread 'like poison', memory of Simone Veil defaced

Lauded late French politician Simeon Veil memorial art postboxes defaced by swastikas, bagel bakery front defaced as 'Juden'

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February 16, 2019 10:41
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Paris hate crimes spread 'like poison', memory of Simone Veil defaced

Slurs painted on the memorial art of French street artist Christian Guemy in honor of the late Simone Veiil. (photo credit: screenshot)

 
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French authorities are investigating a series of anti-Jewish hate crimes in and around the capital, the Guardian reported. 

The crimes included defacing postboxes with the face of late French politician Simone Weil with swastikas.
“Shame on the despicable person that disfigured my tribute to Simeon Veil, Holocaust survivor,”  French street artist Christian Guemy tweeted on Monday along with pictures of the postboxes. He tweeted again on Wednesday after the art was restored. 

Other attacks included the defacing of a bagel bakery with the word 'Juden' [Jew in German] as well as toxic slurs against French President Emanuel Macron based on his previous employment at the Rothschild merchant bank. 


A recent study found that roughly half the people involved in the gilets jaunes (yellow vests)  protests believe in a 'Zionist plot.'


The late Veil, who served as French Minister of Health and President of the European Parliament, was a Holocaust survivor and the fifth woman in history to be given a burial in the Pantheon. She passed away in 2017. 


A tree planted in memory of Ilan Halimi, the Jewish man who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in 2006 by criminals who thought 'all Jews have money', was chopped down in a case being investigated by the French police. 


French Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner said that "antisemitism is spreading like position." 
 
He vowed the French republic will fight this toxic trend. 


In a sharp increase from 2017, 541 attacks on Jews were reported in 2018, an increase of 230 attacks since 2017. 

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