Sunday, November 8, 2015

In France, denouncing anti-Semitism is risky - Giulio Meotti

by Giulio Meotti

France has become dangerous for Jews, especially those who say what they think in the land of pseudo "liberty, equality and fraternity."

In Michel Houellebecq’s “Submission” novel, the main character François continues his slow and inevitable decline towards nihilism, interrupted by occasional sexual dalliances with a Jewish student, Myriam. But France becomes dangerous to the Jews and Myriam finally moves to Israel.

This will soon be the fate of all of French Jewry, because in Paris it has become risky and dangerous even to denounce anti-Semitism.

Transmission “Répliques” on France 2. The guest is the historian of Moroccan origin, Georges Bensoussan, editorial director of Mémorial de la Shoah and the Revue d’histoire de la Shoah, one of the greatest scholars of anti-Semitism. There is talk about failed integration in the suburbs: “There will be no integration until we rid ourselves of this atavistic anti-Semitism”, says Bensoussan. And he quotes a sociologist, the Algerian Smain Laacher, who said that the Arab families in France, even if no one wants to say it out loud, “get anti-Semitism from their mothers’ milk”.

Georges Bensoussan was quickly overwhelmed by accusations and controversies. The Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Peoples, which has already succeeded in putting writers such as Oriana Fallaci and Michel Houellebecq on trial, has announced that it will drag Bensoussan to court for incitement to racial hatred and asked the leaders of the Memorial to distance themselves from this editorial director who promoted a “biological racism”.

The leftist press immediately attacked Bensoussan. Le Monde castigated the eminent historian, comparing his words to those of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was criticized about his description of the role of the Mufti of Jerusalem in the Holocaust.

Libération called for “practical” measures to punish the historian Bensoussan: “The Shoah Memorial, financed by the state and partner of the Ministry of Education, which organizes school trips to Auschwitz every year as part of the prevention of anti-Semitism and racism, should distance itself from the statements by its editorial director.” 

Edwy Plenel and the journalists at Mediapart accused Bensoussan of “biological racism” and asked the High Council for Audiovisuals  for his exclusion.

A counter appeal in favor of Bensoussan was signed by some well-known personalities, all too few in number. “Silence seems to be the goal of this new thought police,” reads the appeal. “The works, books and teachings of Bensoussan are radically unrelated to any racism. We need to affirm our full support for Georges Bensoussan, acclaim his intellectual courage and his freedom of speech. His detractors are happy to accuse, denounce, vilify and threaten. The hatred of Jews is part of the strategy.” 

Among the signatories are the brave philosopher Elisabeth Badinter,  famous intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy, Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia and film maker Jacques Tarnero.

None of  Bensoussan’s colleagues had the courage to sign the appeal of solidarity, leaving him to stand alone before the lynching mob and maybe already dribbling to take his job. The historian now risks his seat as editorial director at the Mémorial de la Shoah. “Guilty” of having denounced that the vast French suburbs are dominated by the law of Allah and not that of the secular Marianne -  and that the Jews are not welcome there anymore.

Last week, a Palestinian-Arab terror attack occurred in Netanya, the French riviera on the Israeli coast. But for French Jews, life in Israel is safer and better than in any Islamicized French suburb.

Giulio Meotti


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