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Modern French Anti-Semitism - A Recipe

Ever wonder what makes French anti-Semitism different from that of anti-Semitism in other countries? Me, too! That is why I just finished writing a 23-page research paper on the uniqueness of French anti-Semitism for one of my graduate courses! Now, lucky for you, I thought I would share you and the with the world one of the more clever aspects of my paper. As I was writing I began to think about all of the elements that combined to make France's sort of anti-Semitism its very own and reminded me of a recipe. So, here is the recipe I submitted in my introduction - hopefully my professor has a sense of humor...
Disclaimer: Please note that I am NOT supporting anti-Semitism of any sort! Nor am I saying all French people are xenophobic anti-Semites. Just wanted to make that clear...
Recipe for: Modern French Anti-Semitism Serves: all of France

1 part traditional anti-Semitism (a medieval recipe of equal parts blood libel and host desecration mythology combined with intermittent expulsions and chronic stories of the perfidious, unscrupulous nature of dirty Jews…if you can’t find the ingredients, just make up negative stuff – the more ludicrous, the better)

1.25 parts classism (working class Jews are especially appalling. Only target rich Jews when they are no longer useful to you or when you have used up the poorer ones)

1.5 parts nationalism (for better or for worse, the French are superior, so if the Jews want any shot at rights, they must assimilate. More French, less Jew!)

2 parts xenophobia (watch out for any foreigner, but particularly foreign Jews – especially those from Eastern Europe. They will deflate your proverbial soufflé faster than slamming the front door!)

Directions: Mix, shake, and stir all parts together. Results may vary from verbal and written protests to street riots and massacres, especially when endorsed by the State and/or the Roman Catholic Church.

Suggested pairings: Best served with a side of scapegoat or whipping boy

Note: Aggressively blend French Anti-Semitism with political, social, and economic instability for an easy recipe for DISASTER, sometimes called catastrophe, and known to Jews worldwide simply as la Shoah

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I am so glad to find a new entry on your blog. I learned so much during my March student trip to Paris because our guide was Jewish and he shared places with us I've never seen. I let him know before we arrived that some of my students had read Sarah's Key and were interested in learning more.
Keep writing!
Jennifer said…
Where did he take you? Did you visit the Jewish Quarter in the Marais? I am going to Paris in January and have a couple of memorials (like the one to the deportees near Notre Dame) that I have not yet seen on my "to do" list...maybe you know of more I can add?

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