Tensions in Paris
run high after demonstrators try to storm 2 synagogues, attack Jewish citizens
France braced Wednesday for more protests against Israeli airstrikes in Gaza just days after demonstrators in Paris tried to storm two synagogues to the concern of Muslim and Jewish community leaders.
Some 50 political parties, unions and activist groups have called for rallies across France on Wednesday evening to seek an “immediate end” to the Israeli offensive that has left 208 dead and to demand sanctions against the Jewish state.
Paris police meanwhile are trying to ban a large pro-Palestinian rally in the French capital on Saturday “in a context of increased tensions,” a source close to the situation said. The Israeli offensive has stoked passions in France — which has the largest Muslim population in western Europe as well as a 500,000-strong Jewish community.
So far, 208 Palestinians have been killed in air raids — with a Gaza-based rights group saying more than 80 percent of them were civilians.
For their part, Gaza terrorist groups have fired a barrage of more than 1,200 rockets at Israel, which on Tuesday claimed its first Israeli life.
Although the majority on both sides in France do not take public positions on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, tensions in the region have fueled hate speech on social media.