French 'Help Wanted' ad specifies 'if possible, not Jewish'
If Jews in France were not feeling welcome recently, they got another dose of reality when a graphics design company posted a "help wanted" ad on a specialty website that specified candidates should not be Jewish (if possible.)
France 24 has the story:
SOS Racisme, a leading anti-racism watchdog, announced it was launching legal proceedings. According to French law, it is illegal to refer in a job ad to candidates’ “faith, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic, national or racial background, political opinions etc.”
The Graphic Jobs website promptly removed the advert and apologised on Twitter for failing to spot the “scandalous” line.
But the muddled response from the agency behind the advert drew more controversy.
When contacted by French weekly Les Inrockuptibles, a representative of Paris-based NSL Studio appeared to justify the ad, saying they were looking for someone who could work flexible hours and was not restricted by “cultural or religious concerns”.
But NSL Studio managers later dismissed the employee’s comments, suggesting the controversial line had been added by someone “outside the company”.
In a statement, they added that “NSL Studio dissociates itself from all racist or anti-Semitic acts".
Their claim was challenged by Graphic-Jobs.com, which categorically denied it was “hacked” to add the comment about “non-Jewish” candidates.
The incident comes amid concern about a rise in racism and anti-Semitism in recent years. Last month, France’s main Jewish group said anti-Semitic acts had more than doubled in 2014 compared to the previous year.
While discrimination in recruitment is recognized as a serious problem in France, studies have shown that it generally targets people of immigrant origin from disadvantaged areas, particularly with Arabic-sounding names.
President François Hollande has promised to make anonymous CVs compulsory as part of efforts to tackle discrimination, but the government is yet to draft legislation on the issue.
I'm not buying the company's explanation either. This kind of casual, unthinking, nauseating anti-Semitism is making a big comeback all over Europe. It has become respectable to hate Jews again, and blame them for the world's ills. It's already led to violence against Jews and not just by Muslims. Swastikas painted on synagogues are becoming more common and jostling Jews in the streets has become so bad that some parents refuse to let their kids walk to school.
The left isn't quite as crude in their anti-Semitism. They disguise their hatred in the form of anti-Israel rants. Attacking the Jewish state by elites has become a substitute for the less sophisticated violent attacks against Jews on the streets, but it is there nonetheless.
And Europe is failing utterly to deal with it.