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Sunday, June 20, 2004

Former French PM calls Balfour Declaration "historic mistake"

Israel is a "unique and abnormal condition"
Arutz Sheva: A former French Prime Minister, and currently a leading member of the European Parliament, has called Great Britain's Balfour Declaration -that paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel- a "historic mistake."

Michel Rocard, who is said to be in the running for president of the European Parliament for the coming two and a half years as part of a political deal, spoke about Israel in a lecture last week in Alexandria, Egypt.
Israel is a "unique and abnormal condition," he said, "because it was created with a promise, and [because] millions of Jews gathered from all around the world, creating an entity that continues to pose a threat to its neighbors until today."
The French government reported this month 180 incidents of attacks or threats against Jews or Jewish-owned property since the start of 2004.

France, with just over 60 million people, has an estimated five million Muslims and 600,000 Jews - the largest numbers of both populations in Europe.

See also JPost:French Nazi hunter encourages Jews to leave France.
In a bleak assessment of the future of French Jewry, the Nazi hunter said tensions between Muslims and Jews in France were only likely to get worse in the years ahead. "There will be an escalation of attacks [against Jews] in Europe, and especially in France," he predicted. . . .

"One of the lessons of the Holocaust is that even if you want to fight against a wave of anti-Semitism, the best [thing] is to leave if you can," [Serge]Klarsfeld said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post during a visit to Israel.