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Bruce Crumley Caught Up In A Circle Of Hate Time Inc Publishing Paris Sunday July 18 2004 The articles target audience is French Jewish individuals due to their frequent exposure to anti-Semitism and racism in France The purpose of this material is to help France understand that the outburst of racist and anti-Semitic acts is a reality and must not be concealed Consequently it is a reality France must fight The material is developed topically relating to the particular topic of anti-Semitism in France On July 9th 2004 a 23-year-old woman named Marie Leblanc was attacked by six ethnic-Arab and black youths in a train near Paris because they took her for a Jew They shredded her clothes hacked off her hair drew swastikas on her body and manhandled her 13-month-old baby Devastated by this incident President Jacques Chirac stated anti-Semitic aggression this young woman and her baby were victims of must be tried and convicted with all the severity merited But the details of Leblancs story could not be verified and by July 13 she admitted it was all a hoax However no one felt safe afterwards for the simple reason that the tale had been completely believable France today is a place where such acts of anti-Semitism are commonplace If reaction was so intense its because people unfortunately know that such a horrific scenario is plausible says Yonathan Arfi president of the Union of French Jewish Students For years officials downplayed the problem of ethnic assaults in France But the pace of attacks has now escalated to record levels Frances National Consultative Commission of Human Rights NCCHR reported 766 anti-Semitic threats during the first six months of 2004 - almost as many as 817 recorded in all of the last year In order to resolve this matter France must gain a better understanding of who the victims and perpetrators of these attacks are Statistics show that since 2000 Frances 650000 Jewish community has
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