France May Ban JDL Over Violence, Incitement
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The French Interior Ministry is considering banning the radical Ligue de Défense Juive (Jewish Defense League; JDL), Ha'aretz reported, and is currently “analyzing” its legal options.
The JDL is accused of "provoking pro-Palestinain demonstrators in the Paris area," Ha'aretz reported according to a report in the Independant.
The English-language French news website The Local reported that "the presence of charged-up JDL activists on the sidelines of recent rallies was seen as one of the reasons they turned violent, with clashes outside a synagogue on July 13 leading to a ban on subsequent pro-Palestinian protests."
While the JDL denies reports that the government is considering banning it, nurmerous reports in the French media appear to confirm the potential ban is being pursued by France.
"We are carrying out an extremely fine analysis of the law [reqired for the ban]," an unnamed source close to the case told AFP, appearing to confirm an earlier report by the leftist newspaper Liberation.
While the French JDL has provided protection to synagogues and other Jewish sites during the recent wave of anti-Semitic unrest, it is also unquestionably racist and violent.
Several JDL members in France have been convicted of violent crimes, including four JDL members who were convicted and imprisoned earlier this month for placing a homemade bomb under the car of the anti-Zionist Jewish journalist Jonathan Moadab, the JTA reported.