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Death Threats Aimed At Jewish MP Spark Lockdown Of French Parliament Building

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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter

A Jewish MP received an envelope containing white powder and antisemitic death threats, prompting security to evacuate and lock down a wing of France’s parliament.

Security held the B wing of the French National Assembly in Paris on lockdown for over two and a half hours after French MP Meyer Habib reported receiving the letter on Monday. Chemical experts analyzed the powder contained in the envelope and determined that it presented no physical threat. (RELATED: France Finally Admits Jewish Woman’s Death Was ‘Anti-Semitic Murder’)

“Fat Zionist pig, you are not French. You do not belong in the Assembly. You are only a f*cking Israeli terrorist with blood on your hands,” the letter read, according to Jerusalem Post.

Habib is a French-Israeli who represents French expatriates in various Mediterranean countries. He also reportedly shares a long friendship with Irsaeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As a result of his heritage and political ties, Habib has faced scores of death threats, prompting French authorities to provide him with bodyguards.

“It is sad and disconcerting that we have reached a situation in which a member of the French parliament receives death threats because he is Jewish and a friend of Israel,” Habib said. “Beyond the personal matter, I am very concerned for the French Republic, and I think action and a response are needed at the highest levels.”

The antisemitic incident is the latest in a growing trend in France that has sparked the outcry of various French leaders and politicians.

French President Emmanuel Macron decried the new wave of antisemitism in a 2017 speech he gave at a ceremony to commemorate Holocaust victims.

“We will never surrender to the expressions of hatred; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism,” he said, according to Times of Israel.

Rising instances of antisemitic attacks also prompted a group of French celebrities and past political leaders to publicly demand that Islamic leaders denounce antisemitic and anti-Christian passages in the Koran as outdated and to deter their followers from committing antisemitic acts.

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