What It’s Like for a Jew Walking Alone in Paris in 2017


Zvika Klein is a journalist at an Israeli news website  who set out to determine what it would be like to walk through the streets of Paris.

He used a secret camera to produce the edited film, “10 Hours of Walking in Paris as a Jews”.

In the film he dons a kippah – the traditional Jewish skullcap – in front of the Eiffel Tower, and wanders the streets of the city.

BBC says they can’t verify it because it is edited and shot in poorer and predominantly Muslim neighborhoods.

Could he be accused of deliberately seeking out negative comments? He doesn’t see it that way. “If I was walking around with an Israeli flag, I understand it might create negative feelings. But I don’t think [wearing a kippah] should generate that kind of thing.”

In its more famous neighbourhoods – around the Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower – he saw “a little bit, but nothing worth putting in the video”. “As we went to the suburbs, or certain neighbourhoods in the city, the remarks became more violent,” he says.

However, a French-born teacher I know living and working in the heart of Paris does not let on that she is Jewish nor do her Jewish students.

What kind of people spit and curse at an innocent man walking by – ever?

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