Insults as Jewish Reporter Walks Through Paris
By JTA / TimesOfIsrael.com
An Israeli journalist walked for hours around Paris while wearing a kippa (yarmulke) to test attitudes to Jews and documented multiple threats and insults hurled in his direction.
Zvika Klein, a reporter for the news site nrg.co.il and Makor Rishon daily newspaper, released the footage from his recent walk around Paris and its suburbs.
Many anti-Semitic incidents occurred while Klein was walking in the suburb of Sarcelles, which sports a large Muslim population, whereas his wandering through the center of Paris was considerably calmer by comparison.
In one scene, a person wearing a black knit cap said “Jew” and walked alongside Klein, who was being filmed secretly by a colleague wearing a backpack fitted with a rear-pointing recorder. In two separate incidents, one involving a man and the other a woman, passersby spat in Klein’s direction as he walked past them.
In another part of Paris, passersby called out “Vive Palestine” at him. In several cases, locals hurled profanities at Klein, calling him a homosexual and suggesting he had come to their neighborhood looking for sex.
His video, 10 Hours of Walking in Paris as a Jew, drew inspiration from Shoshana Roberts whose video shows her being sexually harassed repeatedly while walking around New York City.
The number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in France more than doubled in 2014 over the previous year, reaching a five-year-record of 851 instances.
Zvika Klein’s video 10 Hours of Walking in Paris as a Jew