Israeli journalist warned to be careful in France



A Brussels rally in support of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January 2015. The protestors hold a sign in French that reads "all united against fanaticism." Credit: Miguel Discart via Wikimedia Commons.

On July 14, the day France celebrated Bastille Day, a Tunisian delivery man ran a truck into a crowd in the southern French city of Nice, killing 84 people and injuring many more. Since then, on Monday in the German state of Bavaria, a radical Islamist terrorist assaulted passengers on a train with a knife and an ax, severely wounding four people. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the Germany attack through its Amaq news agency, calling the perpetrator "one of the fighters of the Islamic State." 

These incidents followed March's bombings in Brussels, last November's coordinated Islamist shooting attacks in Paris, and January 2015's Islamist attacks at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a kosher supermarket. 

In the wake of these attacks, European nations have been increasingly grappling with an internal conflict over the balance between their desire for an open-door policy for Middle Eastern refugees—particularly those escaping the civil war in Syria—and the growing concern that the influx of refugees has bolstered the influence of radical Islam in Europe. On the heels of increased terrorism in their continent, some Europeans are also beginning to see the state of Israel and its own battle with terror in a different light.

In the following video interview, a French woman who refuses to appear on camera tells an Israeli journalist in Nice what is happening in France and how Israel is viewed in France within that context. She warns the journalist to be very careful in France because being Israeli makes him a prime target for harassment or violence.

Posted on July 19, 2016 .