Jewish groups, local politicians voice fury over vicious anti-Semitic social media attacks on French beauty queen.
Leading French-Jewish groups, the Israeli Embassy in France, and numerous local politicians on Sunday condemned a storm of anti-Semitic attacks on social media against April Benayoum, a top contestant in the Miss France contest.
Benayoum, who revealed during the competition that she has an Israeli father, was competing as Miss Provence and came in first runner-up in the contest on Saturday night. Her Israeli connection, however, prompted a vicious outbreak of anti-Semitism, with tweets calling for her exclusion because of her Jewish heritage and others such as “Hitler forgot to exterminate you, Miss Provence.”
The Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (Crif), the umbrella organization of France’s Jewish community, called the attacks on Benayoum “vile and unacceptable!”
“All occasions appear to be good for spreading hatred of Jews and Israel,” the group added sarcastically, and demanded that Twitter take responsibility for what had happened.
The Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme (Licra) demanded that the social media assailants face legal consequences for turning Twitter “into an anti-Semitic cesspool” and urged users to report antisemitic tweets.
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