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Journalist Documents Anti-Semitic Acts During Paris Walk

By    |   Tuesday, 17 February 2015 02:35 PM

An Israeli journalist has produced a video of the anti-Semitic experiences he said he had  while on a 10-hour walk through the streets of Paris.

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The short documentary, titled "Ten Hours Walking in Paris as a Jew," begins with Zvika Klein, a Jewish reporter with Hebrew language news website NRG, putting on a yarmulke as he stands in front of the Eiffel Tower and then proceeds to show him as he wanders through Paris.

At one point in the video, Klein walks by a school as a boy can be heard saying: "Vive Palestine," while in another clip, young kids can be heard yelling at him: "A------. He's gonna get f----- from the front and back."

Klein told the French news outlet The Local on Monday that he got the idea for the project after he watched a 2013 video in which a reporter for The Local Sweden did the similar thing.

"I thought: Why don't I do that? But my wife wanted to kill me when she heard that I'd be doing it in the most dangerous neighborhoods. We've only been married for five months," he told The Local.

Klein's video was released on YouTube a day after more than 300 gravestones in a rural French cemetery were desecrated.

According to The New York Times, the gravestones located in a Sarres-Union, which is near the German border were overturned last week, but were only discovered on Sunday.

Philippe Vannier, the local prosecutor said the police had detained five youths after one of them came forward to admit turning over the gravestones, but their motive was not clear, the Times reported.

Today, French President Francois Hollande went to the cemetery where he vowed to protect Jews in France, according to France24.

"I know some are asking if they can live in peace in their country, and ask who will protect them against those who wish them harm," said Hollande, adding that "I want to give the Republic's response that it will protect you with all its force."

While not related, Hollande's visit coincided with the release of a new report by the Council of Europe detailing the state of human rights and discrimination in France.

"In the first half of 2014 alone, the number of anti-Semitic acts virtually doubled, while the number of Jews leaving France for Israel tripled compared with 2012, which is a telling indication of their feeling of insecurity. The rising number of anti-Muslim acts, 80 percent of which are carried out against women, and homophobic acts, which occur once every two days, is also cause for great concern," said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.

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