An Israeli journalist has filmed the anti-Semitic experiences he endured during a 10-hour walk around Paris.
Titled “Ten Hours of Walking in Paris as a Jew,” the video sees Zvika Klein putting on a kippah, or yarmulke, which is a traditional Jewish cap, in front of the Eiffel Tower before silently wandering around the French capital.
He had his photographer and bodyguard Dov Belhassen walk in front of him with a GoPro camera hidden on his backpack as they both walked through Jewish neighborhoods, around the Eiffel Tower, and then through mostly Muslim neighborhoods.
The experiment was inspired by a similar piece of street anthropology (studying humans) in October, titled “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman.”
The footage was gathered over 10 hours at the beginning of February and edited down into a clip lasting just over 90 seconds.
Posting the video on Youtube he wrote, “Welcome to Paris 2015, where soldiers are walking every street that houses a Jewish institution, and where keffiyeh-wearing men and veiled women speak Arabic on every street corner.”
During Klein’s walk, an array of insults and hostile stares were hurled in his direction because he was perceived as a Jew.
And the shocking hidden camera footage shows antisemitism is rife in the French capital as he is seen harassed, intimidated, spat at, threatened, and called names.
While his reception in tourist areas appear peaceful, it is in suburban areas with high Muslim populations where he claims to have received “hateful stares, belligerent remarks, and hostile body language.”
In one filmed sequence, a group of suburban youths can be heard saying: “A**hole. He’s gonna get f***** from the front and back.”
Walking past a school in one of Paris’ neighborhoods, a boy can be heard saying, “Vive Palestine.” Others appear to spit as he walked past.
Walking into a public housing neighborhood, they came across a little boy and his hijab-clad mother, who were clearly shocked to see them. “What is he doing here Mommy? Doesn’t he know he will be killed?” the boy asked, according to NRG.
Klein’s video also shows that in Paris, Jews “are barred from entering certain areas.”
The video gives proof to his statements explaining that majority of French Jews “do not flaunt their religion” and Jewish community leaders have urged them to wear hats as they walk to and from work. He also said that “Jews prefer to stay inside in the evening. It is safer at home.”
Although Klein had a bodyguard, he was not called into action. “I did think that there might be some violence, but there was none,” Klein says, although they left quickly when they saw that 2 thugs were waiting for them at the next corner after they heard a Jew was walking around the neighborhood.
The walk wasn’t all bad, however, as some locals spoke out in his defense when harassed, and there was a friendly conversation as well, but these were not filmed and included in the video.
The video was produced amid government concerns of an exodus by France’s Jewish citizens in the wake of increasing fears of anti-Semitism after the Paris terrorist attacks in January where an attack on a kosher supermarket left 4 French Jews dead. That latest attack has caused many to question whether they remain safe in the country.
Some 7,000 French Jews left the country for Israel in 2014, more than double the number of a year before.
Netanyahu appeared to irk French authorities on Monday by urging Jews in France and Europe to emigrate, saying, “Israel is waiting for you with open arms.”
Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, dismissed Netanyahu’s comments as trying to get more votes, adding, “The place for French Jews is France.”