‘We Feel Safer in Israel:’ Nice’s Jews Fearful But Defiant After ISIS-Claimed Truck Massacre

As red and white trains rattle along the tracks of the Gare de Nice-Ville station, a crowd of Jewish women and kippah-wearing men is gathering behind armed guards on Platform One to listen to Jewish community leaders, the local Rabbanim and the region’s president Christian Estrosi.

The event is a memorial for Nice’s Jews deported from the country under the Nazi regime during World War II. Commuters watch on as the crowd bursts into La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. The community has deep historical ties to the French Riviera city, dating back to the 9th century, and this rousing rendition is a symbol of the patriotism that the 25,000-strong Jewish community here holds.

“The Jewish community in Nice has historically always played an important role in social cohesion, in the economic development of the city and in their message for peace,” Estrosi tells Newsweek. “Here, the Nazi barbary was more violent than anywhere else. This is why it is crucial that we show solidarity. Hurting a Jew anywhere in France or hurting a Jew in Nice is the same as hurting any single one of us.”

With the memory of wanton Nazi murder remembered on Sunday, it is another form of barbary that Jews in Nice are now worried about: radical Islamism.

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