VIDEO – With six spots featuring racist and anti-Semitic attacks, the government launched Sunday a campaign to denounce prejudices and cause awareness
“racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim acts, it begins with the words, it ends up sputum, strokes, blood.” It is this message ending six videos featuring racist or anti-Semitic attacks. On the eve of the World Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the government launched a campaign called #TousUnisContrelaHaine shock to denounce prejudices and cause awareness.
Here a pig’s head on the gate of a mosque. There, a young Black beaten. Again, a tag “death to the Jews” on a synagogue door. Inspired by true events, these sequences thirty seconds are all built the same way: a filmed assault with a smarphone with a conversation in the background, relaying racist clichés commonly conveyed on the community. Until a voice rises and launches, “Are you serious here? You really believe what you say? “
Racism and Anti-Semitism on the rise in 2015
The campaign comes as France has seen a resurgence of racist and anti-Semitic hatred year latest. These acts and threats jumped 22% in 2015, with, in particular for anti-Muslim acts have more than tripled in a year, peaking after the attacks in January and November. A total of 2,032 shares and racist threats, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim were recorded, according to figures from the Dilcra (Interministerial Delegation to fight against racism and anti-Semitism) reported in January. Or 5 acts per day in 2015. Some of these figures had already been disclosed by the Minister of the Interior in January.
The campaign, which refers to the word-pound #TousUnisContrelaHaine is launched at the request of the Prime Minister. Sunday night, Manuel Valls has also echoed many of these spots on Twitter. “With the #TousUnisContrelaHaine campaign, the government wants to raise awareness of the unacceptability of this situation,” says a statement. After the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and Hypercacher in January 2015, Manuel Valls had hammered the French Jews “should not be afraid of being Jewish” and “French Muslims should not be ashamed to be Muslims. “
About the TV channels until April 10
the website dedicated to this campaign reminds victims that they can complain to services police or gendarmerie. For illegal content online, the government invites users to make a report on the Pharos platform. “The law prohibits and punishes racism and anti-Semitism in all its forms,” it said on the site #TousUnisContrelaHaine. For example, the author of a racist insult public faces up to six months in prison and 22,500 euros fine. When is public incitement to discrimination, hatred or racial violence is punishable by a year in prison and 45,000 euros fine. When it comes to deeds, not just words, offenses are then compounded by the fact of racism or anti-Semitism.
The campaign, broadcast on most TV channels until April 10, coinciding with the Education Week against racism and anti-Semitism, March 21 to 28. At a cost of € 3 million, it is part of the “plan against racism and anti-Semitism” with € 100 million over three years. Last November, associations (SOS Racisme, … LDH) had launched their own media campaign, as part of the fight against racism and anti-Semitism labeled “great national cause” in 2015.