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Madonna warns of growing antisemitism in Europe

By Paul Miller/JNS.org – During an interview with Europe 1 radio, singer/actress Madonna said “anti-Semitism is at an all-time high” in France and throughout Europe. Going even further, she said, “We’re living in crazy times. It feels like Nazi Germany.”

Madonna came down hard on France, explaining that the European nation has lost its way and is no longer a beacon of diversity and tolerance. “It was a country that embraced everyone and encouraged freedom in every way, shape or form – artistic expression of freedom,” Madonna said. “Now that’s completely gone.”

In the Europe 1 radio interview, which aired Friday, Feb. 27, Madonna said, “It’s not just happening in France, it’s all over Europe. But particularly in France. … The level of intolerance is so enormous, it’s scary,” she said.

Madonna, 56, was raised a Roman Catholic, but for nearly two decades has been a follower of the Jewish mystical teachings of Kabbalah. In July 2013, she celebrated her son Rocco’s bar mitzvah at The Kabbalah Centre in New York City.

By performing in Israel on numerous occasions, Madonna has defied the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Jewish state. In 2012, Tel Aviv was the first stop on her world tour, and has repeatedly said she is “in love with Israel.”

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