10,000 Soldiers 600,000 French Jews


According to the NYT this morning, which you can read here,  the French government is committing 10,000 soldiers to protect Jewish and other “sensitive” sites. A welcome gesture to be sure, but what does it mean to say about the precarious place of a vulnerable population in a society that requires that level of protection? The math comes down to 1 soldier for every 60 Jews. The level of contradiction is such that France right now is damned if they do and damned if they don’t.




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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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3 Responses to 10,000 Soldiers 600,000 French Jews

  1. dmf says:

    somewhere in the to and fro of NPR reporting this morning someone mentioned fairly substantial Jewish flight from France (not just in response to this attack but the rise of the rightwingnuts) would be interesting to know where such folks are headed.

  2. Avrohom L says:

    Not to be cynical, but I believe Israel has a far higher proportion of soldiers per capita (Even if you count them as both citizens and soldiers).

    • zjb says:

      sure, sure. but it’s a different order of scale when the state commits/has to commit itself to securing a minority within its midst, in this case such a miniscule one.

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