At least some Jews living in the West fail to respect freedom of the press. Protesting media bias is a good thing, but this protest in France moved into intimidation territory.
A leading French journalist working for BuzzFeed was attacked by far-right Jewish extremists as a mob tried to storm the offices of the country’s national news agency in Paris on Thursday.
David Perrotin was protected by police after being surrounded by a dozen masked men brandishing batons.
The Ligue de Défense Juive was protesting against Agence France Presse’s coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Trouble broke out soon after 8pm when about 100 people brandishing flags and letting off flares tried to storm AFP’s offices.
As the crowd approached the entrance to the building, opposite the Paris stock exchange, tear gas was sprayed in their faces, and skirmishes with CRS riot police broke out.
Some of the demonstrators were shouting “We’re coming to get you!” at journalists, while others screamed: “Islamic terrorists!”
The Guardian fails to mention any arrests of the Jewish outlaws. It seems to be that some groups of violent protesters in Europe can escape arrest while white nationalists often get jailed.
The journalist has frequently exposed the work of the French branch of the Jewish Defence League, which is banned in both Israel and the US.
Perrotin was set upon by the gang, some of whom were masked. After being attacked, he managed to shelter behind police lines.
In June last year two LDJ members in Paris were found guilty of placing a bomb under the car of an anti-Zionist journalist. They were given prison sentences, but one absconded to Israel.
Despite the group’s reputation for violence, police on Thursday allowed LDJ flags – a black clenched fist against a yellow background – to be brandished openly.
The Jewish Defense League is banned in the U.S.? Well, even the SPLC calls it a hate group. Read more about the LDJ at Wikipedia. It has quite a history. If only Euro peoples would take the group’s principles and apply them to Euros.
The JDL upholds five fundamental principles
“LOVE OF JEWRY, one Jewish people, indivisible and united, from which flows the love for and the feeling of pain of all Jews.”
“DIGNITY AND PRIDE, pride in and knowledge of Jewish tradition, faith, culture, land, history, strength, pain and peoplehood.”
“IRON, the need to both move to help Jews everywhere and to change the Jewish image through sacrifice and all necessary means—even strength, force and violence.”
“DISCIPLINE AND UNITY, the knowledge that he (or she) can and will do whatever must be done, and the unity and strength of willpower to bring this into reality.”
“FAITH IN THE INDESTRUCTIBILITY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, faith in the greatness and indestructibility of the Jewish people, our religion and our Land of Israel.”