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Francois Hollande Praises Anti-Semitic Writer

He gives an honor generally reserved for the military to the vitriolic Stephane Hessel.

by
Michel Gurfinkiel

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March 20, 2013 - 12:00 am
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Why did Hollande not grasp that turning a propagandist of anti-Israel hatred into a national hero would only fuel lethal anti-Semitism like what was seen in the Merah affair?

At any rate, did not the president realize that Hessel’s overblown iconic status may soon burst?

Guy Fellous, the former secretary general of the French National Consultative Commission of Human Rights, befriended Hessel, a member of the committee, in the 1990s. According to him, Hessel — while once a charming, decent, and ethical gentleman — became in his last years a puppet in the hands of unscrupulous manipulators that “turned him, much in the Stalinian fashion, into a monument to their own cause.”

Claude Moisy, the former CEO of Agence France-Presse, took a less indulgent line. He pointed in a recent column to the many lies and half-lies Hessel had relied upon to reconstruct himself as a major 20th century figure:

To be entirely honest, one would need to quote hundreds of articles over decades … where he relies on extremely ambiguous wordings but never denies the flattering role so many people ascribed to him.

Just to stick to the war and postwar period, Hessel claimed falsely or let people claim falsely on his behalf that he had contributed to the Program of the French Resistance National Council in 1943 or 1944; that he had been groomed for an ambassadorship to China in 1945; and that he had contributed to the UN Human Rights Declaration of 1948. All brazen and absurd assertions from which he had to withdraw hastily.

Hollande was clearly not entirely at ease when he praised Hessel at the Invalides compound. He said about Hessel’s hatred of Israel:

He might as well, driven by such a cause as legitimate as the Palestinian people’s one, stun his own friends, of whom I was one. Being sincere is not necessarily saying the truth. He knew that. But who could dispute the fact he was a courageous man?

Everybody could, Mr. President.

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Michel Gurfinkiel is the Founder and President of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute, a conservative think-thank in France, and a Shillman/Ginsburg Fellow at Middle East Forum.

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the french are nat ural born collaborators. now, it's the burdgeoning and overweaning fascist muslim population. then, it was the nazis. maurice chevalier should have had his head shaved along with their entirely agreeable nazi loving french populace.
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unlike the non collaborators, whose Jewish population was almost decimated, the French saved 75% of their Jews

povecon
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So why is it that you sold them to the death camps in Germany? Even if Germany ended up conquering your country, that's no excuse to not attempt to stop the extermination.
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easy to lecture today, I'd like to see you then, leaving the ship like the Brits in dunkirk is most likely what you would have done
1 year ago
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Quoi de neuveau? Who cares? It's France. It's not USA. zzzzzz....
1 year ago
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we don't care of Hessel too, only Mr Gurkinkiel does, and you apparently who posted some wind thinking
1 year ago
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If you didn't care, why aren't you trying to ensure you got rid of Hessel from the Invalide award nomination? I know if I didn't care about something in my community, I would have gotten rid of it myself.
1 year ago
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who cares? you!!! then come and get him
1 year ago
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Has anyone else observed that if you had to pick a country that would have produced a Jew murdering holocaust, France, rather than Germany, would have been the first choice.
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except never France produced a Genocide, unlike the Brits, the Germans the russians...

and France was the first country to allow Jews a citizenship, and positions in the administrations and the army
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The French stlll knowingly allowed the Holocaust to occur, so for that, you are still guilty for it, even if you never created it.

And I still don't know about France creating a genocide. If I remember correctly, you guys tried to exterminate us Christians during the French Revolution and in the aftermath in a similar fashion to what the Soviets attempted to do with religion as a whole (Heck, Karl Marx and the Soviets actually based that tenant on Communism directly on what you guys did). Even if Christianity was not an ethnicity and just pure religion, it still counts in my eyes. Even now, Christians in France are still undergoing persecution. It may not be taking them to a wall and being shot, but they have other ways.

And maybe the Jewish people were granted citizenship and places of power, I don't know. However, then again, something similar might have happened in Soviet Russia, and yet the Jewish people still ended up persecuted (Heck, Stalin even had a similar plan in place to Hitler's Final Solution called the Doctor's Plot, but he died before he got the chance to carry it out, and even some of his own advisors were aghast at the idea).

Honestly, for your own good, you guys really should abandon Socialism, which even before Marx was born, was prevalent in your country since the French Revolution.
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the French didn't allow anything that wasn't imposed on them !

oh during the Revolution it was a civil war whereas Christians vs Revolutionnaires were fighting each other

like during the American Civil war

and though the French revolution made far lesser victims

"Honestly, for your own good, you guys really should abandon Socialism,"

if it was really socialism, like you have in the US
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Since there are far more egregious and open displays of racial bigotry in America, I think it would be well to remember that it is a language and not get too lost in specifics of identity.

Invoking the theme of "First they came for..." invokes the idea that protecting all is protecting yourself. Allowing general bigotry to be mainstreamed without challenge is a net that will eventually gather in what it will, because hate speech is a language without eyes.
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"Hessel had become, over the last decade, a national icon of sorts, perhaps the last national icon affordable to a collapsing France. And he had supported Hollande."

hmm for a bunch of commies only, didn't remember to hear from him since he wrote his booklet on "les indignés" during the WS manifestations

Oh and Hollande is a politician, he doesn't care of these official commemorations. Though sincerily he is supporting the french Jews, he inever missed a invitation from the CRIF
1 year ago
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Maria Claude, if Hollande sincerely supported the French jews, please explain why, according to that French rabbi in that PJTV special, they didn't bother trying to aid the Jewish people by driving OUT the Islamists in France? And for the record, since Hollande's a socialist, he is by definition against Jewish people. Don't forget, Hitler himself was a Socialist (Where do you think "Nazi" came from? It's an abbreviation for National Socialist, or for the full translated German phrase, the National Socialist German Workers Party), and you can probably remember what he did to the Jewish people, something you failed to actually stop. Also, if Hollande supported French Jews, at the very least, why is it that many of them are trying to actually flee France for Israel? Logically, if he truly supported them, the French Jews would willingly stay in France, not flee for Israel like heck.
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"And for the record, since Hollande's a socialist, he is by definition against Jewish people. "

LMAO, you have such short cuts !

Don't you know, that Karl Marx was a commie. that those that set the Bolchevik revolution were Jews... that most of the French Jews are socialists?
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Most of the French Jews (the religious ones, at least) are actually fleeing from France. That French rabbi from one of the PJTV specials makes that clear. And perhaps you should clarify: Do these "French Jewish Socialists" you're referring to actually practice their religion, or are they only Jewish in the sense of ethnicity? Don't forget, unlike Christianity and to some extent Islam, Judaism is both a religion and an ethnicity, one of the few religions to be both, in fact. If you try to say the latter, let me point out that they won't count in my book because I'm only concerned with religious Jews. We've got plenty of Jewish people here in America who don't even follow their religion, or any religion for that matter (Jon Stewart says "hi." As does Steven Spielburg).

And Karl Marx may have been Jewish in terms of ethnicity, but he made it quite clear that he was a staunch atheist regarding both Judaism and Christianity. Same with the Bolsheviks who underwent the Revolution (They'd have to be areligious to even be Communist, since a mandate of Marxism is the extermination of religion, specifically "Religion is the Opiate of the Masses."). Heck, Hitler was rumored to have some Jewish ancestry, but it was made very clear that he was not actually Jewish in terms of religion (he's actually closer to an agnostic, if not a downright atheist).

I myself might not be Jewish, but I am most certainly Roman Catholic (a devout one, I mean, not one of those CINOs like Pelosi, or the Social Justice wings that's just Marxism in another name).
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pff since you're advertising of the French Jews departings, there shouldn't be one left by today !

Religion and ethnicity?

what a farce, don't tell me that the AshkEnaze are the same as the Sefarades, that a German Jew is like a french Jew or a russian Jew... or a black Jew...ADN melted with the locals, like it or not !!!
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"to hear from him UNTIL he wrote his booklet "
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