Israeli journalist Zvika Klein filmed an interesting experiment: walking through Paris for 10 hours as a visibly identifiable Jew. With a bodyguard for protection and an accomplice several steps ahead filming with a hidden camera in his backpack, Klein set out in his yarmulke and tzitzit. As he describes the day, “We started walking – first through the quieter quarters of the city, across from the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, and the Jewish neighborhoods, and later through the mostly Muslim neighborhoods.” The tourist spots were “relatively calm,” but in other areas he received stares, utterances of “Juif,” and in one instance appears to be spit on.
It’s a troubling video, and seeing anti-Jewish sentiment so casually flung at Klein in the wake of last month’s deadly siege at a Paris kosher supermarket as well as the Charlie Hebdo massacre is nothing short of disturbing. When a young boy yells “Viva Palestine,” the immediate connection between “Jewish” and “Israel” is made vividly clear.
But while the experiment purports to show a broad view of half a day’s worth of anti-Semitism in Paris, what the video actually does is zoom in on Muslim-Jewish tensions in France’s capital. Klein admits he selected predominantly Muslim areas of the city to walk through, though he denies French media claims he was being provocative in doing so.
You can watch the video here: