February 22, 2013, - 4:48 pm
Is this the Europe of 2013 or 1943? Far too often, it’s hard to tell the difference.
My friend from college and law school, Ben, sends this story from Lyon via London, where he lives. Frenchmen with masks attacked fans of the London-based Tottenham Hotspur soccer team. Ben notes that this is straight-up anti-semitism because Tottenham is the team that many North London Jews support. The vast majority of Jews in the UK live in North London. Well, the shouts of “Jew! Jew!” are enough evidence for me, even if we didn’t have the background info. Also, I wonder why these Frenchmen were wearing balaclavas. Were they Muslim? In France, that’s generally a sure bet, especially given the circumstances here. I don’t buy the French police claim that this was a “far right group.” Not as likely. And we know that the majority of recent attacks on Jews in Lyon were committed by Muslims. Remember the murder of the Jews at the Lyon school, which French police also said was done by a “right wing extremist”? Turned out to be a Muslim.
Tottenham Hotspur fans have been attacked in a bar in the French city of Lyon on the eve of their side’s Europa League tie. Three supporters were taken to hospital on Wednesday after men wearing balaclavas smashed the Smoking Dog Pub’s windows. . . . Lyon-based journalist Alexander Aucott said the windows were smashed with tables and chairs from another bar. The Foreign Office confirmed it was looking into reports of the attack. Other fans were hurt by flying glass in the incident that took place nearly 24 hours before the match, in the last-32 stage of the tournament.
Sports journalist Christian Radnedge, a Tottenham fan, who was in the bar – an English-style pub – told BBC Radio 5 live the men gave Nazi salutes before launching the attack. . . . Among other things, a lit flare is understood to have been thrown into the bar, which was filled with up to 150 fans, landlord Dave Eales, originally from Nottinghamshire, said. . . .There were three injured Tottenham fans taken away by ambulance. . . . Liam Kerwin who was working at the pub said the flare was put out when it landed in a pool of beer. . . . He said the group had chanted: “Jew, Jew.”
Yes, this is the new old France. Same as it ever was. Jews aren’t safe there, now that Muslims are at least a quarter if not a third of the French population and well on their way to surpassing the magic 50% mark.
The thing is, what happened in France can easily happen here. It’s only a matter of time. And in some cases, it’s already past time. It’s here.
Vive Les Musulmans.
That Was Then . . .
This Is Now . . .
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