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Anti-Semitism (Almost) Without Jews

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Roubaix does not have a Jewish community and there is no Jewish place of worship, intra muros. If there is anti-Semitism, it cannot be the outcome of intercommunity tensions. Young people of immigrant descent in Roubaix often make anti-Semitic remarks but, according to the director of the community centres, these are usually sporadic and unpremeditated. Anti-Semitism, as it is expressed locally, is widely interpreted as an expression of the bitterness of 'the have-nots' with no direct consequence, attacking the Jews, whom they suppose to be 'the haves' and protected. The Jews are resented quite simply because they are said to elude this injustice and, not assimilated but fully integrated, they seem to be particularly well treated by France. Abdel's opinion is "The conflict between Jews and Arabs is not a question of anti-Semitism but is a war of religions".

Keywords: anti-Semitism; intra muros; Jewish community; Roubaix



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