Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Zionist Propaganda Campaign to Induce French Jews
to Immigrate to Israel
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 20, 2016
|Algerian French gather in
Paris, on October 17, 2009 to commemorate the 1961 French massacre
of their Algerian ancestors
FOR ME, France is the land
When I was just 10 years old, I fled with my family
from Nazi Germany to France, on our way to Palestine. We were afraid of
being detained at the border. When our train crossed the Rhine, leaving
Germany behind us and entering France, I breathed deeply. From tyranny to
liberty, from hell to paradise.
I never forgot this feeling.
Whenever I visited France, it came back to me.
I remembered it
again this week, when I saw a much-toted TV "investigative report" on
"Anti-Semitism in France". It was a pile of propaganda nonsense.
"ANTI-SEMITISM IN France" is now all the rage in Israel.
A huge propaganda effort is invested in this
campaign. The aim is to induce French Jews to come to Israel, to "make
aliyah" (an atrocious corruption of Hebrew).
Jews in France, according to "investigative reports'' are faced with a
terrible danger. They can expect a second holocaust any moment. They are
attacked in the streets. They are afraid to wear kippahs in public. For
their children's sake, they must come to Israel. In a hurry. Now!
When I started watching the TV story more closely, I noticed one
peculiarity: almost all the male Jews interviewed wore a kippah. Strange. I
hardly ever met a kippah-wearing French Jew.
Then I noticed another
peculiarity: it seemed to me that all the Jewish interviewees looked North
African. In particular, Algerian.
Also, all the violent incidents
mentioned were caused by Muslims. They did not take place on the Avenue des
Champs-Élysées , but in the banlieues, where poor North African Muslims live
crowded together with poor North African Jews.
Why are these
incidents happening? Why there? And what have they got to do with French
WHEN I hear about "French anti-Semitism", I see in my
imagination the long tradition of Christian France's aversion to Jews. Even
after the French Revolution, which liberated the Jews too, there was a lot
of anti-Semitism in France. One has only to recall the Dreyfus affair at the
end of the 19th century, when a French Jewish army officer was falsely
accused of being a German spy and sent to Devil's Island in French Guiana.
Masses of Frenchmen marched along the Champs-Élysées, shouting "Death to the
Jews!" One spectator was a Jewish journalist from Vienna, named Theodor
Herzl, who drew the conclusion that all the Jews must leave Europe and
establish a state of their own in Palestine. Zionism was born.
kind of Christian anti-Semitism, emanating (I believe) from the New
Testament story about the death of Jesus, always existed in France, as it
did in most other Christian countries. Since the Holocaust, it has become a
fringe phenomenon. I believe that this is so in France, too.
MUSLIM-JEWISH animosity which is now being played out in the Paris banlieues
is something entirely different, and has nothing to do with anti-Semites. It
so happens that both sides are Semites.
It started in Algeria a long time ago. The French
conquered the country and settled there in large numbers. Then they did
something rather clever: they conferred French citizenship on the local
Jews, but not on the Muslims, who constituted the vast majority. As the
ancient Romans used to say: "Divide et Impera".
When the Algerian
War of Independence broke out (in 1954), the Jews, being proud French
citizens, sided with the oppressor against the oppressed.
that. When the French army showed signs of wanting to leave, the settlers
set up an underground military organization, the OAS, to terrorize the
Muslims. The local Jews were involved. Gradually, the French settlers
started to return to France, and the Jews remained, the OAS then becoming
almost a Jewish organization.
I was somehow involved. The Algerian
liberation organization, the FLN, feeling that victory was near, was very
concerned that the Jews would leave Algeria. Since the Jews played a large
role in Algerian economic and intellectual life, the FLN leaders feared that
such an exodus would be a great loss to the emerging state.
approached me with the request to set up an organization in Israel to
support Algerian independence. When I set up the Israeli Council for
Algerian Independence, they asked us to publish material in Hebrew, which
they translated into French and distributed among the Jews.
avail. In the end, Charles de Gaulle set a date for the French army's
withdrawal, more than a million French settlers fled almost overnight to
France, and with them practically all the Jews.
Algerian Jews did
not come to Israel. They were too well integrated in French culture.
Moroccan and Tunisian Jews split: the educated went to France, all the
others came here.
What is happening now is the continuation of that
Algerian conflict on French soil. The hatred that once ruled the streets of
Algiers and Oran is being fought out in the streets of Paris and Marseilles.
Tragic? Indeed. Sad? Certainly. Anti-Semitism – not at all. It has
nothing to do with this old European scourge.
TO GET a real picture
one has to compare the number of Muslim
acts of violence against Jews in France with the number of Christian French
acts of violence against Muslims.
I have seen no
such statistics, probably because France insists that there is no difference
between Frenchmen and women of all colors, creeds and races.
However, I would confidently bet that incidents against Muslims vastly
outnumber incidents against Jews.
French neo-Fascism, led by the
very able Marine Le Pen, is entirely centered on hatred of the Muslims,
while doing everything possible to flatter the Jews. Some Jews are even
active in her party. She admires us, she loves us, she even threw her own
father out because he could not restrain himself from uttering phrases that
reflected some residual anti-Semitism.
SO WHERE is the
present scare of French anti-Semitism coming from?
there are several good reasons.
Basically, Zionism and anti-Semitism
are twins. It is modern European anti-Semitism that created modern Zionism.
As mentioned, Herzl turned into a Zionist when he saw the (French)
anti-Semites. My family came to Palestine because of (German) anti-Semitism.
So, more or less, did all the Israeli Jews.
One could say that if anti-Semitism did
not exist, the Zionists would have had to invent it.
According to Zionist ideology, the State of Israel exists as a refuge for
persecuted Jews. Wherever Jews in the world are in distress, we save them
and bring them here. (Never mind that Israel is perhaps the least safe place
for Jews in the world.)
When anti-Semitism is too weak to do the
job, we must help it along, as we did in Iraq in 1952, when we planted bombs
in synagogues to encourage Jews to leave and come here.
just now there is a dearth of anti-Semitism. Russian Jews don't come
anymore, nor do American ones. So France must fill the gap.
also a more cynical explanation. Israel has built an elaborate apparatus for
bringing Jews here. There are immigration officers in Israeli embassies.
There is the Jewish Agency, a worldwide organization devoted mainly to
bringing Jews to Israel. What would happen to all this host of emissaries,
organizers, bureaucrats, political appointees and such if there were no Jews
aspiring to come here and kiss the ground on arrival?
there is this "wave of anti-Semitism" in France, and everybody is fully
occupied. Politicians make speeches, journalists produce emotional
"investigative" series, the Zionist soul is stirring, Zionism is in full
swing. Planes full of kippah-wearing Jews arrive. Hallelujah!
HAPPENS to all these immigrants "making aliyah" once they come here.?
That is a good question. Some bureaucrats are charged with dealing with
them. We have an entire ministry devoted to "immigrant absorption". (It is
arguably the least desired job for a politician, a kind of parking space
until something better comes along.)
Once the new immigrants are
here, many devoted Zionists seem to lose interest in them. Practically all
immigrants from Islamic countries since the birth of the state, they and
their descendants, now complain of having been discriminated against.
The problem is now at the center of a lively debate. A committee led by a
blind Oriental poet has just issued a vast report, demanding that all
history books be rewritten to make place for Oriental Jewish politicians,
rabbis, artists and writers, on a basis of parity with Jews of European
Semi-official estimates are that about 30% of the new
"French" immigrants will eventually return to France. That seems to be
accepted as normal.
But if 70% remain with us, that is a net gain.
Bienvenue, mes amis!
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