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February 14, 2014 3:44 pm

New Book Shows Rise of Terrifying Anti-Semitism in France (REVIEW)

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Frédéric Haziza, a French Jewish reporter whose grandfather was murdered at Auschwitz, has been the butt of an anti-Semitic, Holocaust denying campaign led by a political figure – Alain Soral, a self-professed, ultra-rightist anti-Semite. Soral controls the website Equality and Reconciliation (Egalité et Réconciliation) that has put out statements, caricatures, and photomontages depicting Haziza and Jews in a fashion reminiscent of the worst Nazi propaganda of the 1940s.

Haziza’s new book, “Vol au-dessus d’un nid de fachos,” which I translate to “One Flew Over the Fascists’ Nest,” explains the magnitude of a political movement in France that threatens not just French Jews but the traditional democratic structure of the French Republic itself.

It is a current exposé of a right-wing conspiracy that presents facts , dates, and figures to the reader, which are all too reminiscent of the German Nazi party in the 30s. The facts are there, each statement referenced by a footnote, and they are frightening to the point of shock.

This is the story of the development of a well-financed political coalition that spans the spectrum from right to left. It contains extreme, as well as mainstream, political groups in the National Front, the coalition put together by the traditional, nationalistic conservative, Jean Marie Le Pen, and now headed by his daughter, Marine.

The book explains how a French law permitting mass demonstrations (Manif pour tous – demonstrations for everyone) against same-sex marriage have brought out hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Paris and provincial cities. In March 2013, French anti-Semitic comic Dieudonné raised his voice against same-sex marriage laws as “a Zionist project aimed at dividing the people.”

There is one element that preaches the military overthrow of the government and has a publication that is distributed to the French military. There has been violence and police action at these demonstrations and Dieudonné, the media star, has allied with Alain Soral, and Serge Elie Ayoub, to form a movement whose force is the Internet and video media. This movement of the oppressed – blacks, the poor, those in the banlieues  – has attracted the Islamic-Salafist parties to form a coalition that has one common enemy – Zionism, which is politically correct to attack – and international Jewry, which has, to them, profited from the Holocaust to make money and dominate the banks, entertainment, and government.

It is a replay of the “Elders of Zion” libel and the traditional anti-Semitism that brought Hitler to power in the democratic state that Germany had been in the 20s and early 30s. It has presented anti-Semitic candidates in Parisian and regional elections in recent years. This too is reminiscent of anti-Semitic political parties whose candidates ran for office during the Dreyfus Affair of the 1890s. We know the history of the past; why should we not be wary of the present and its potential future?

Why, you might ask, has the French government allowed this to go on? Why have these elements not been arrested, jailed, or fined? Haziza explains that Dieudonné has been fined under different laws that prohibit incitement and hate talk, and that he has gone to his supporters for funds to pay the fines, which, ironically, have not been paid. The most disturbing aspect of this book to me is its pointing out that most intellectuals in France continue to deny the growing power of this political movement. They refuse to think about the extreme right, either out of fear or out of a hope that it will simply go away.

This book presents neither solutions nor suggestions about how to make the government aware of the seriousness of the problem, and to act to prevent violence and preserve freedom of political expression. But it identifies clearly for the reader the existence of a neo-Nazi movement embedded in a range of Catholic and nationalist parties of the extreme right, none of which is totally isolated from the other. They are connected to each other through what Haziza calls the “fachosphère,” the web network of the National Front.

Although each of the groups has its own ideological platform, Haziza claims that the traditional right-wing would not want to be associated openly with the Sorals, the Dieudonnés, and the Ayoubs of France. However, in periods of turmoil and political crisis, they will not openly condemn them, implying support at some level, so that the hate campaign and its propaganda continues to talk directly to the disaffected French youth, who are struggling with problems of unemployment and cultural identity.

Haziza, a reporter, is reporting to us the nature of the actors who are performing now on France’s public political stage and showing us how to distinguish among them in order to understand the potential danger of this new alliance of extremes. He points out this is not so simple as black-white, Jew-Muslim, rich-poor oppositions. It is much more complicated and revealing of a blight on the whole French Republic, with unmistakable connections to Syria, Libya, and Iran.

This book should be of great interest to Jewish readers living in the 21st Century American democracy. I recommend it highly when and if it is translated into English.

Robert S. April MD is a practicing neurologist in NYC, affiliated with the Mount Sinai Hospital, and received an MA in French literature  at New York University in 2009.

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  • Mike

    So many comments from people who are afraid of Zionists. Those aren’t Zionists starting riots and burning cars in France. The Muslims are rapidly multiplying while more and more Jews leave France. Once the Jews are gone the muslims will come after French Christians. It will be a civil war. Than the people who criticise Zionists will be fighting to rid themselves of the Muslims. The French need to wake up.

  • Xaliss

    This book is an exaggerated fraud of what the facts are. The author is a mediocre and obscure french Cspan equivalent journalist, compulsive tweeter addict where he attacks people and generate hanger for his own kick apparently.
    People depicted in that book are not antisemitic but are pissed off of seeing french members of the political elite pleading allegiance to Zionists and embracing Israel a “democracy” and not seeing what is done to Palestinians. Jews are one million in France, against 7 millions Muslims. on a population of about 60 millions french. Yet they own almost all the medias. Books, TV, Private Radios. And on national Radios and TV the are 85% of the visible anchors and newscasters. The smallest incident involving Jews is covered heavily for days and when Jews are involved in a heinous crimes and murder on a Muslim, it is barely mentioned as happened lately. Jews have nothing to fear in France. What Egalite & Reconciliation is denouncing is the allegiance of french official to Zionism before the interest of France and importing the spirit of the Israel-Palestinian hater, and the fallacy and hiding of the news nowadays. Look at the Soral and Dieudonne website, any video is seen half a million time, and some of Dieudonne reach 3 millions views. To be complete Dieudonne is the number one standing comedian. Filling Theater called Zenith here 6 thousand places at 55 US$ every night for the last 6 month tour programmed till 2015. Half of his staff is Jew his regisseur is Jew. And he debunks the Zionist sometimes in his Chris Rock style. But he does the same to the Iranian, the Africans and the French rednecks, everybody laughs but the Jews. You can check on the web by yourself. In France being against the brutal policy of Israel does not mean You don’t like your dentist, your lawyer, your financial adviser or your ex wife.

  • Shlomo oat

    First of all your article is just à basic translation of french médias. Then how can you judge someone as an Antisemit just for his political position. By being smashed by Jewish sionist journalists it s too easy to talk about racism. those who talk about it increase it spreading fears by people of the community and self defense of those accused to be. Finally what should we think about an humorist banned from medias and fulling his shows! Have you watch one ? Have we got the right to think different or is it just a slogan? Just words

  • Bernard Ross

    I dont care about france or europe. Jews border on being idiotic. two thousand years of the same anti semitic history that has not changed ONE IOTA. what does it take for fool jews to catch on. the Jews need to get out of Europe and leave Europe to implode. the only thing the Jews should care about is secreting WMD in European capitals in case they come after the jews to Israel. Its a war against the Jews by the Europeans and the Jews need to stop trying to figure out the obvious and accept the reality: its a european war against the Jews, it always has been. See the enemy, name the enemy, name the Jew killer: Europe! Behind Ishmael is Esau: Esau/Edom/EU incites Ishmael to murder Jacob.

  • pinchas baram

    WHY are Jews continually associated with those who are gay and pro-gay? Why this stereotype? Is the answer that the stereotype is largely true, as many Jews are either gay themselves and/or supportive, in the name of human rights?

    But why is this so? Doesn’t the Torah make it explicit that homosexuality is sinful and an abomination? Is the answer to that well, most Jews don’t know Torah and don’t believe in God anyway, so they ignore the Torah’s condemnation much as the ignore the Torah’s condemnation of eating non-kosher food.

    Until rabbinical and other leaders make it clear, in France and elsewhere, that Judaism is not against homosexuals as people but IS opposed to homosexual sex and the promotion of the gay agenda in the schools especially, despite the words and antics of pro-gay Jews, Jews in general will be the object of vilification by the anti-semites cited in this article.

  • Wallace Edward Brand, JD Harvard, 1957

    Someone needs to put together a book entitled “Protocols of the Elders of Islam”. It seems to me based on the memo found in a Virginia suburb promoting “civilization settlement” as
    “”The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.

    — ‘An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,’ 1981[16]

    With that evidence in a memo sent to the Shura Council (Board of Directors) of the Muslim Brother and the document found in Switzerland by the Swiss authorities about the 100 year project of the Muslim Brotherhood for world domination, it seems to me a book could easily be put together.

  • Lynne T

    Depressing doesn’t cover it. Dieudonne’s homophobia should tarnish him a bit with the “left/progressives” though, you’d think.

    • Efram Paul

      Perhaps. But in France, anti-Semitism uber alles.