Shalom Life | January 02, 2015

French Jews Discover a 'Cure' for anti-Semitism

‘Antisémitox: First aid for anti-Semitism’ is available for only 5 euros

By: Daniel Koren

Published: December 29th, 2014 in News » World

Photo: Antisémitox ad

Credit: European Jewish Organization


As history dictates, the Jewish people have constantly lived in persecution, facing anti-Semitism in the harshest forms, though always able to survive through the darkest of times.

And through it all, we still managed to maintain our sense of humor (some of the funniest comedians of our time have been Jewish), able to laugh at ourselves, and laugh at the stereotypes.

Such is the rationale, it seems, of a new campaign promoted by the European Jewish Organization, an agency founded just six months ago to fight against growing anti-Semitism in France through the media and other platforms: ‘Antisémitox: First aid for anti-Semitism.’

Just like cancer or any other vicious disease, anti-Semitism and racism plague people who harbor feelings of hatred towards another ethnic/religious group. But what if there was a cure? A way to battle the anti-Semitic tumor before it grows deadly and instead send it into remission?

With the Organization's new digital campaign, they've shared a meme that features a smiling doctor in a white coat holding up a box of of Antisémitox.

According to the Times of Israel, Fabien Bellashen, a leader with the European Jewish Organization, explained that the humor of the campaign was being used "as a weapon against the resurgence of violence."

"However, I don’t know how much longer we’ll be able to keep that sense of humor, especially when it comes to such serious matters," he added.

Valid point.

The organization is selling Antisémitox online as part of a fundraising campaign for five euros each, which is the minimum donation amount. All the profits will go towards battling against this growing trend which is victimizing innocent Jews in France on a constant basis. Each box contains three honey-flavored "pills" and "detox patches."

Appropriately, it also contains copy outlining the French law that states anti-Semitism is illegal. The box also comes with a warning label, which reads "This medicine may only be prescribed in cases of apparent anti-Semitic symptoms: insults, curses, aggressive behavior, revisionist ideas, ‘quenelles’ [the reverse Nazi salute created by infamous Dieudonne], ‘Shabbat fevers,’ Judeophobia, anti-Zionism."

Over the course of 2014, anti-Semitism in France reached peak amounts, particularly during Operation Protective Edge. Incidentally, French aliyah to Israel also reached unprecedented levels.

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