French intervention in Mali may increase threats for French Jews

( The recent French-led intervention against Islamic forces in the west African nation of Mali may lead to increased threats or attacks against the Jewish community in France.

Click photo to download. Caption: The flag of Mali, where French troops are now leading an intervention against Islamic forces. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.“The situation requires we raise the level of protection around our community and double the level of vigilance around synagogues, Jewish schools, community centers and gathering places,” said a communiqué from a French-Jewish security organization, Service de Protection de la Communauté Juive  (SPCJ), the Algemeiner reported. The communiqué said that Islamic terrorist groups in France have been “agitated” by the intervention, which was launched by President François Hollande on Jan. 11. 

France, which has Europe’s largest Jewish community, has also garnered significant attention over the past year for a rise in anti-Semitism, especially after last March’s Islamist terrorist attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse that left a rabbi and three children dead.

Posted on January 21, 2013 .