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July 13, 2012 11:05 am

Algerian Minister Takes Heat Over Invitation to Pro-Israeli Singer

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Enrico Macias has been invited back to his native Algeria to perform, however the government minister who invited him is facing backlash for the invitation to the pro-Israeli and Jewish singer.

In the past, plans for Macias to return to Algeria have been cancelled, on two separate occasions.  The first in 2000, when street protests urged authorities to ban his entry into the country.  In 2007, then French President Nicolas Sarkozy planned to bring the singer as part of his official delegation to Algeria during a state visit, but the Algerian Prime Minister reportedly said he would boycott the French leader’s visit if Macias attended.

“Nobody banned Macias from entering the country in which he was born and raised,” Algeria’s Minister of Communications Naser Mehal said in an interview with Radio Orient on Thursday. “All French citizens are welcome in Algeria and this includes Macias.”

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Mehal has personally invited Macias to come to Algeria.

An Algerian activist has called for Macias’ invitation to be rescinded on the grounds that he is supportive of Israel.

UPI quotes a political analyst telling an Algerian news network that the country’s citizenry “are known for their dislike of all things Jewish.”

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  • Just shows you what F*****G Bastards the Arabs are.
    What do they expect of Enrico Macias not to support Israel.
    Why shouldn’t he, after all it was those Algerian bastards that made Enrico and his family flee their homeland,because they were Jewish nothing more and nothing less. Do you know how much the Arab world stole from the Jews that they kicked out of the Arab world, today it can be measured in the billions of Dollars.

  • Well done to the organisers and supporters of Enrico Macias with this invitation. Algeria had a sizeable Jewish community prior to independence from France and many of them and their offspring would like to return to the country and perhaps even live there again. Algeria will benefit from the inclusion and welcoming of Jews to its shores. In a similar vein the IOC recently told the Algerian Olympic Committee in no uncertain terms that at London their country’s representatives would have to compete in a spirit of friendship and fair play and not walk away from any match. The extremists must not be allowed to gain an upper hand.