An activist fighting anti-Semitism in France has established a “blacklist” of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel public figures
An activist fighting anti-Semitism in France has established a “blacklist” of public figures in the country who are known to have anti-Semitic opinions, expressed such opinions in public, or have participated in anti-Semitic actions, demonstrations, and the like.
The author of the list is French activist Gregory Chelli, known on-line as “Ulcan.” The 29 year old is considered a “media provacateur” in France. Known especially for his phone pranks against anti-Israel and anti-Semitic figures, he has also hacked into websites in France and published lists of anti-Semites, not all of them “out of the closet.”
This week, Chelli announced that his own website would publish updated lists of such figures, in a “phone book” of anti-Semites in France, so that like-minded activists can annoy and harass them via e-mail, phone, and social media.
Anti-Zionist Jews are not exempt from “Ulcan’s” wrath either. In the past, Chelli has distributed lists of Jewish figures who have spoken out against Israel on a special “Kapos” list he authored. That list, too, will be publicly available, he said.
Users of the site will be able to add their own suggestions to the lists, which will be updated as needed.
A new study released last month found that acts of violent anti-Semitism in Europe positively skyrocketed in 2014.
The report, conducted by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, was prepared together with the European Jewish Congress (EJC).
It found a full 766 violent anti-Semitic acts in Europe last year, committed either with or without weapons and via arson, vandalism, or direct threats against Jews or Jewish institutions such as synagogues, schools, community centers and others.
The findings constitute a rapid increase of 38% when compared to the results of 2013, in which 554 violent anti-Semitic incidents were reported.
Anti-Semitic violence has been on the increase in Europe in recent years and it particularly flared during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last summer.
In the wake of the ongoing anti-Semitism in Europe, France’s prime minister recently announced that the government would pour 100 million euros into a major anti-racism and anti-Semitism action plan.