Rally against anti-Semitism in Toulouse: “We wonder what will happen to us tomorrow”

Rally against anti-Semitism in Toulouse: “We wonder what will happen to us tomorrow”
Rally against anti-Semitism in Toulouse: “We wonder what will happen to us tomorrow”

Toulouse is the city of Merah!“Nadine Zimmermann is still traumatized by the attack on a Jewish school in 2012 by the terrorist Mohammed Merah. She went to the rally in support of the Jewish community and against anti-Semitism this Friday June 21 in Toulouse in front of Saint-Etienne Cathedral.

According to the prefecture, a hundred people responded to the call in Toulouse, and according to the organizers, almost 500. A mobilization organized by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF), following the rape of a 12-year-old Jewish child in Courbevoiein Hauts-de-Seine, Saturday June 15.

Trauma

The Jewish community of Toulouse has been traumatized since 2012 [ndlr et les attentats de Mohammed Merah]. We are devastated, what happened to this little girl is unforgivable. We must be vigilant everywhere, what happened in Courbevoie can happen anywhere“, adds Nadine Zimmermann, co-president of the Liberal Jewish community.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of the Interior, anti-Semitic acts are up 300% since the beginning of the year, compared to last year. A figure that does not surprise Nadine Zimmermann: “Today in public schools, our children are forced to keep quiet about the fact that they are Jewish. I’m not saying they should express their Judaism inside schools. But a lot of us are wondering what will happen to us tomorrow.”

Present in the crowd of demonstrators, Catherine also came to show her support: “My Jewish friends had to leave the Paris suburbs because their children could no longer practice their religion. When we came to eat at their house we could no longer shout “Shabbat Shalom” on Friday evenings.

“Hostile environment”

In Toulouse too, Crif believes that the climate is violent against Jews. Five years ago, the institution set up a cell that helps these people find rehousingto prevent them from suffering a more violent attack than that which they were already suffering” when moving, specifies Franck Touboul, president of Crif Toulouse-Occitanie.

Franck Touboul adds that “over the past five years, we have moved eight families. For several years now, people who live in working-class neighborhoods have no longer been able to live peacefully once they are identified as “Jewish”, in an environment that has become hostile..”

The Haute-Garonne prefecture indicates for its part that an increase in anti-Semitic acts was noted in the days following the Hamas terrorist attack in Israel on October 7, but that since then, “their number has decreased“.

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