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En 2023, 1,676 anti-Semitic acts have been recorded by the Ministry of the Interior and the Jewish Community Protection Service (SPCJ). An explosion of 1,000% in a single 12 months. Three-quarters of those acts have been dedicated after the Hamas terrorist assaults of October 7. In addition, 60% of those acts concern assaults on individuals. Figures which solely reveal the tip of the iceberg of anti-Semitism, in response to the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (Crif), since they solely take note of assaults adopted by a criticism or a report. “October 7 served as a catalyst for hatred, activating latent anti-Semitism, and disinhibiting action,” stated Yonathan Arfi, president of Crif.

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To battle in opposition to anti-Semitism, the literary overview Rules of the Game, based by Bernard-Henri Lévy, is organizing a night on the Antoine theater on Monday June 3 within the presence of many intellectuals, writers, artists and political leaders. “Anti-Semitism is there. Sneaky or vehement, increasingly violent, it is like a black cloud which, from Malmö to Brussels or the campuses of French universities, hovers over the European continent. But what do the heads of the list say about the European elections on June 9? Few things. Who, in the campaign which is ending, to denounce with the necessary force this poison which debases hearts, disturbs civil peace, corrupts democracy and undermines the very foundations of Europe? Few people. […] Europe was created against anti-Semitism: it cannot continue with it. » Participating in this event, the actor and director Yvan Attal spoke to Point on the rise of anti-Semitism and the reasons for its presence Monday June 3.

Point : In March 2023, you declared “today, it is difficult, when we see the average of anti-Semitic acts, we are clearly threatened. […] I am a Jew anxious about being Jewish.” Today, greater than a 12 months later, after the atrocious Hamas terrorist assaults of October 7 and the explosion of anti-Semitic acts in France, it is best to now not simply be troubled…

Yvan Attal : When I noticed They are all over the place in 2016, I had already began to really really feel this anti-Semitism not simply rising, however already clearly current. But in 2024, the state of affairs has fully exploded. At the slightest weak point in Israel, anti-Semitism is unleashed.

READ ALSO And right here we’re once more within the Nineteen Thirties, their hordes, their “nauseousness”! Sophia Aram denounced at Molières “the deafening silence” of the world of tradition after October 7. Do you suppose that as we speak actors, administrators, producers, authors, playwrights have, by their silence, dedicated an ethical fault?

It could be very tough for me to reply this query. There are those that are afraid, there are cowards, there are those that don’t care about anti-Semitism and there are those that choose to stay silent as a result of they’ve the humility to acknowledge their lack of expertise. Better that than listening to fools.

We have the impression that each one those that are calling for a ceasefire as we speak are asking for the return of the hostages out of “politeness”. But we’d have preferred to listen to them demand with such power this return of the hostages from October 7.

For months, we’ve seen all over the place the radicalization of the political and media debate in opposition to the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. The newest instance dates from Tuesday, when an LFI deputy known as a Jewish LR deputy a “pig”. What does this reveal about our society?

The political discourse is on the top of the anti-Semitism that reigns on this nation. Some try to take advantage of the controversy and there are a variety of electoral votes at stake.

There has been no debate on this topic for a very long time. We noticed college students at Sciences Po Paris refuse it. We noticed Rima Hassan refuse it. They are fairly proper: they don’t have any argument that holds water. How are you able to justify your anti-Semitism?

READ ALSO The anti-Semitic conspiracy of Rima Hassan, Insoumise candidate for the European electionsA second in the past, not eager to debate is proof of whole weak point, mental weak point, lack of expertise and worry of 1's opponent.

As somebody who grew up in a left-wing atmosphere, how do you view the present place of the far proper in protection of Israel and the Jews?

It's the world the other way up. Hearing the far proper defend the Jewish neighborhood and Israel appears loopy to me. The benchmarks have fully exploded. And I'm cautious of it.

If they’ve modified their minds, if they’re now not anti-Semitic, then a lot the higher. This is the hope we’ve, to revive cause to those that have misplaced it. I’ve by no means been in favor of excluding political leaders from an indication in opposition to anti-Semitism. On the opposite, we should welcome them by asking them to dwell as much as their gesture. It engages them. But I’m cautious of the DNA of their coaching. It's very tough for somebody of my technology to do away with this mistrust.

READ ALSO Marine Le Pen says she had “deep” disagreements together with her father over anti-SemitismYou have been the goal of quite a few hate messages on social networks following current statements within the press. What do you keep in mind from it?

You're educating me, since I'm not on social media.

Why will you be on Monday June 3 on the night organized by the Rule of the sport in opposition to anti-Semitism in Europe?

It's laborious for me to remain silent.