Roger Cuckierman 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Europeans would be better off focusing on real injustices and not on suppressing
Jewish practices and attacking Israel, Roger Cukierman, the president of
France’s Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (CRIF), told attendees at
The Jerusalem Post’s second annual Diplomatic Conference in Herzliya on
Cukierman called it “really strange” that countries like
Turkey, which have occupied other nations, have not been singled out for
attention like Israel.
Such attention to the Jewish state, he said, makes
Israel into a “a scapegoat [among the nations, just] as anti-Semitism does
towards the Jews” individually.
Cukierman added that such behavior is
“not limited to the State of Israel” but that Europe has begun “coming against
the Jews as Jews” as well.
There is a “general atmosphere” in Europe that
is very uncomfortable for Jews, he said, citing attacks on circumcision and
Earlier this month the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe called for countries to reconsider the legal status of
, leading to loud denunciations from Jewish leaders worldwide. The
PACE declaration was legally nonbinding, but the institution, which is not part
of the European Union, has considerable influence among EU member
“They also claim, by the way, that we should let the children
decide on their religion only when they get to their majority, [and] there are
also attempts by Europeans to correct the slaughtering [methods of] the Jews,
considering that it hurts the sensibility of the animals,” Cukierman
Europe, he said, is “ill placed to attack the Jews on their ancient
traditions when there are other subjects more important than circumcision, [more
important] than boycotting products and labeling products which are being made
in the so-called occupied territories, when at the same time in Syria you have
120,000 people dead.”
While “European parliamentarians are concentrating
their efforts on attacking the Jews and the State of Israel” and “this general
atmosphere is very painful for the Jews,” he asserted, he does not believe that
French Jewry will immigrate to Israel en masse as some have
French Jewry survived the Dreyfus affair and the Vichy regime
and it can survive today’s rise in anti-Semitism, he strongly averred.