In a fairly recent post, I mentioned that I’m starting to find myself less able to take claims of Anti-Semitism seriously. Well I’m just after hearing about a (to be quite honest) hilarious French news story that has only served to further that feeling.
From Metro News France
The police had strong suspicions that have a priori confirmed. Monday around 16 pm, a man was caught trying to write the word “Jew” on parked vehicles avenue du General-Clavery avenue Dode de la Brunerie in the 16th district. Twenty cars were tagged. “The police handcuffed him, and they have gotten caught me I said, it’s crazy for doing this ‘An official said,..’ No, and in addition it claims his gesture ‘, “said one witness MetroNews.
The suspect was taken into custody in stride. This man was born in April 1941 and named Pierre B. was already known to police, not as a suspect but as a victim. Last summer, he would indeed twice visited the police station of the 16th district to denounce anti-Semitic remarks.
In July, Peter and his wife Suzanne B., who is Jewish, would have been to the police to report the presence of swastikas on their mailboxes, their bearing and on the door of their dwelling in a building owned by the property management of the City of Paris (RIVP) and located rue Abel Ferry (16th). In August, they would have complained to denounce the same facts.
Several stays in HP
Indeed, comparing the scriptures, investigators found that the complainant was eerily similar to that found on the walls and the mailbox of the building including. “Another coincidence, B. has indicated that the couple had left a moment of its housing to protect themselves. During this period, there was no inscription, notes the source close to the case. The police were convinced that c ‘was him, but lacked proof. With this the act, they could not be better served. “
It was unclear Monday night the wife of Pierre B. was or was not an accomplice to her husband. “The couple wanted to change accommodation. We do not know why because he lived for two in 59m2. He had made two requests RIVP that have been denied. It was perhaps a strategy to succeed “says the source, adding that the husband as his wife would have done several stays in psychiatric hospitals.
Tuesday afternoon, Pierre B. was still in custody. All residents, they were shocked. They too had heard of this desire of the couple to change accommodation. “From there to attack the Jews, moreover when we know that the wife of the suspect is Jewish, it’s surreal,” concludes a neighbor.
The suspect’s custody was extended Tuesday to 17 hours. According to our information, the individual was to be presented to a psychologist in the evening.
Now in all seriousness, I do genuinely believe that there have been actual incidents of Anti-Semitic violence going on recently, so I probably shouldn’t be making light of this. However, I think this incident needs to be highlighted and condemned. Clearly this man was trying to portray himself as some kind of victim in order to get something or cause something (what that something is, I really have no idea). However, by faking incidents like this it draws police and political attention towards non-existent issues when there are plenty of other real problems that need addressing. It also could potentially be used as a catalyst for more draconian thought and speech crime legislation (the last thing we need in a supposedly free society). Thirdly, it makes a mockery of real victims of Anti-Semitic/ Racist/ other hate crimes. For that reason, I hope this man is made to pay for what he’s done as an example for others who would try and pull such tricks.