Op-Ed: Same Old Anti-Semitic French (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) Giulio Meotti 03/21/12)
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Those familiar with Paris’ hostile attitude to Israel and the Jewish
people in times of crisis are not surprised at what happened in
Now they all hypocritically say “never again”.
They all preach “le devoir de mémoire”, the duty to remember.
They all make anti-anti-Semitism the all-embracing popular opinion,
much as anti-racism in the United States.
They all despise “the monster”, Mohammed Merah, who allegedly killed
Rav Sandler and three Jewish children in Toulouse.
But France’s anti-Jewish soul played a substantial role in the
creation of this hateful monster which turned off the life of four
Israelis. Those familiar with Paris’ hostile attitude to Israel and
the Jewish people in times of crisis are not surprised at what
happened in Toulouse.
The Muslim killer didn’t come from nowhere, but from the dark
continent, which is not Africa, but Europe.
Darkness suggests illiteracy, disease and poverty. None of these
conditions exists in Europe.
Visitors to Paris see armed police and security squads on guard
everywhere, restaurants crowded of tourists, arts and letters funded
by the government.
Darkness in Europe relates to the soul, to unwarranted pride,
horrible arrogance and a deep anti-Jewish fury.
Europe cannot destroy the Jews, but it simply won’t reconcile itself
to Jewish existence.
French officials, who now mourn Toulouse’s Jews, have a big
responsibility because they always denied that anti-Jewish contempt
was growing in the local Muslim communities.
In 2010, Jacques Attali, French economist, prolific writer, high-
ranking civil official and adviser to president Francois Mitterrand,
dared to declare to eager-to-believe Haaretz, that anti-Semitism in
France was a “nonexistent problem”.
It was just seven decades ago that France’s collaborationist Vichy
regime, headed by Marshal Petain, enthusiastically took part in
rounding up French Jews and turning them over to the gas chambers.
Some 110,000 French Jews were murdered, a number that would have been
far lower had it not been for the shameful manner in which the French
cooperated with Hitler’s “Final Solution”.
Now France is salving its Holocaust conscience by making the
Jews “the aggressors” and the Palestinians “the victims”.
However, Pierre-André Taguieff´s book, “La Nouvelle Judéophobie”,
helped people understand that French anti-Zionism is the old anti-
Semitism in an age of taboos.
In the midst of the Intifada, when Israelis were butchered en masse,
Paris’ ambassador to London, Daniel Bernard, called Israel “that
shitty little country Israel”.
In the 1967 Six-Day War, when Israel’s life was threatened, President
Charles de Gaulle took a pro-Arab policy and instituted a weapons
embargo. He characterized the Jewish people “an elitist and
domineering people”. For the first time since World War II, a head of
state had directed an anti-Semitic remark at the Jewish people.
The French equipped Saddam Hussein with his most advanced missiles
(only the Soviets have sold Iraq more weapons). In return for
billions of dollars, Paris sold a nuclear reactor to Baghdad,
ignoring the fact that Saddam wanted an atomic bomb and why (only
Israel’s bombing of Osirak removed this danger from the world).
President Francois Mitterrand treated Yasser Arafat like royalty,
made shameful deals with Palestinian terrorists, and believed a
Palestinian terror state should be established west of the Jordan.
On Friday October 3, 1980, the eve of Succot, a motorbike bomb
exploded outside the Copernic Synagogue, the liberal synagogue of the
Paris elite. Four people lay dead on the street and in the synagogue
interior. The bombing fell on the 39th anniversary of the “Jewish
Decrees” of the Vichy regime. The bomber has now been identified as,
allegedly, Hassan Diab, a professor of Palestinian origin, reportedly
then a PFLP splinter-group operative, who is currently residing in
French Foreign Minister Jean Sauvagnargues was the first Western
official who met Yasser Arafat in Beirut, in 1974. A year later the
PLO opened its first European office in Paris, with a charter calling
for “the elimination of Israel”.
In 1977 President Valery Giscard d’Estaing granted asylum to
Ayatollah Khomeini, who went on to become the founder of a genocidal
Paris has been the main promoter of the 1980 Venice Declaration in
which the PLO was recognized by the European Union.
The French continued to support Arafat even after he commenced his
terrorist offensive against Israel, in September 2000, when Jewish
schools and synagogues were firebombed also in France.
At the United Nations, France has always been active in building
Europe’s anti-Israel voting record.
Jules Renard, a republican, leftist, and Dreyfusard, once said about
the French: “We are all anti-Semites, some of us have the gallantry
or coyness not to flaunt it”. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/21/12)
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