Anti-Semitism is the way it is going in Europe. No more shame, no more prosecution of incitement – as long as it is aimed at Jews.
“French politician honors Arab assassin of Israeli minister”, said the headlines.
Anti-Semitism aflame in Europe.
Many of its intellectuals, academics, writers, columnists, Nobel laureates, journalists and politicians have become enablers of evil, giving cover to international criminals and to the ongoing slaughter of Jews.
Last month the city of Bezons, a suburb of Paris where the famous anti-Semitic writer Louis Ferdinand Céline worked as a doctor, granted honorary citizenship to Majdi Rahima Rimawi, the Palestinian Arab terrorist who was sentenced to life in prison in Israel for his role in the 2001 assassination of then-Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi.
The mayor, Dominique Lesparre, a member of the French Communist party, instead of retracting his decision and being demonized for the city’s glorification of Arab terrorism, got many letters of support.
Jacques Bourgoin, a member of the municipality of Gennevilliers, wrote to the Bezons mayor: “We are, with all our heart, engaged alongside the Palestinian struggle to achieve justice and peace”.
The message is clear: only one nation on this planet is regarded as virtually having no civilians, Israel. France helped to perpetrate the Holocaust not because it had the means to do so, but because its leaders engendered the will to do so. The Bezons’ malefic affair shows that the French Judeophobic spirit is still alive.
Palestinian arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti has been granted honorary citizenship by a large network of French towns like Pierrefitte sur-Seine, a city in the northern suburbs of Paris. A picture of Marwan Barghouti was hung on the front of the city hall of Stains in view of a large crowd, including city hall employees, parliamentarians and French mayors, next to the French flag and the French motto “Liberté, égalité, fraternité,” with the aim of obtaining Barghouti’s releaseThe mayor of Bezons received another message of support from Jean-Claude Lefort, another politician from the French left: “By renewing my total solidarity, I wanted to congratulate you”.
But more astonishing is the fact that Alima Boumediene-Thiery distributed leaflets and defended the council of Bezons for having awarded the Palestinian terrorist who killed Zeevi. She was a member of the European Parliament (1999-2004) and a member of the Senate of France (2004-2011), representing the city of Paris.
But this national status didn’t stop Boumediene-Thiery from honoring the Arab murderer of an Israeli government cabinet minister.
This is how it goes in Europe.
European countries once prosecuted hate speech on a par with war crimes. This was the case during the Nuremberg trials of Nazi officers, and after this in the proceedings at an international court in Tanzania in 2003, when the Hutu journalists Hassan Ngeze, Fernand Nahimana, and Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza were found guilty of using Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines and a biweekly magazine to incite the extermination of Tutsis and publish lists of people to be killed.
Now in France, one of the world’s most wanted criminals has been catapulted to the status of a revered international hero and “a liberator”, not only for his deadly orders, but due to the Western worship of Arab terrorism.
As the Bezons Affair shows, France is still hunted by the smile of Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief who laughed all the time when the Jewish victims described the torture at a Paris court in 1997.
Europe is allowing this new Baudelaire’s “flower of evil”, a foul flower of hatred, to grow again in its own well-ordered garden.
The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.