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Yellow vest protester in Paris spews anti-Semitic invective against prominent Jewish philosopher

French Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut was targeted late Saturday afternoon in Paris on Boulevard du Montparnasse by a roaming band of anti-Semitic Yellow Vest protesters who cornered him in the doorway of a building.

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The demonstrators yelled insults and cursed at Finkielkraut, and in one video clip were seen yelling, “You’re going to die, you’re going to hell.” Others told him to “go home” and “go back to Tel Aviv.” In a separate video clip some were heard screaming anti-Semitic curses, such as “dirty Zionist sh – t.”

French President Emmanuel Macron responded to the incident with a statement on Twitter Saturday night, saying, “A son of Polish immigrants who became a French academicians, Alain Finkielkraut isn’t only an eminent man of letters, but a symbol of what the Republic allow for everyone.

“The anti-Semitic insults to which he has been subjected are not aimed solely at a prominent academic and man of letters, but rather the negation of who we are, and what makes us a great nation. We will not tolerate it.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.