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France Starting to Reckon with Its History of Anti-Semitism?

Did Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French National Front party, cross a family Rubicon?

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Michel Gurfinkiel

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June 17, 2014 - 12:03 am
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On June 7, Marine Le Pen criticized her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen — who founded France’s National Front party in 1972 and headed it until 2011 — for his remarks in a videotaped interview posted on the party’s website about the Algerian-born Jewish singer Patrick Bruel, a vocal opponent of what is often described in France as “the far Right.” Le Pen furiously exclaimed that Bruel would be dealt with “à la prochaine fournée,” or as Canada’s National Post translated Le Pen, “We’ll include him in the next batch.” This is a baker’s expression that usually means momentarily, but can be ominously associated in French with the Nazi crematoriums.

Marine Le Pen asserted that her father’s vile joke was a political mistake, which he should have averted in view of his very lengthy experience. Indeed, Jean-Marie Le Pen has repeatedly indulged in similar puns in the past, and been found guilty in court of racist and anti-Semitic vitriol. He was even suspended twice as a member of parliament for such offenses. The younger Le Pen has been eager to distance herself from such attitudes since she took over the party leadership three years ago. However, this is the first time she did so in an explicit way.

Marine Le Pen may feel emboldened by her victory in the Euro-Parliament election last month: the National Front carried 24 out of the 74 seats allotted to France, almost one out of three (albeit only 44% of the registered French voters took part in the election). She is convinced that she has successfully recast FN as a democratic national-populist party, one more in the manner of Charles de Gaulle than of Philippe Pétain. De Gaulle was the head of the French anti-Nazi Resistance and the founder of the Fifth Republic; Petain was the head of the collaborationist Vichy state.

Many observers contend that her criticism was still comparatively mild. A more relevant charge is that she might not be above double entendres with racist and anti-Semitic overtones herself, although in a much more sophisticated way. On March 31, during an interview with anchorman Guillaume Durand at Public Sénat TV, she contended that she was hated by another journalist, Anne-Sophie Lapix, the wife of Publicis chairman Arthur Sadoun. She claimed that the entire Publicis management belonged to an exclusive caste estranged from most French, while her own political mission was to return power to the people. True enough, Marine Le Pen did not actually say that Sadoun and most of Publicis’ managers were Jewish, and her words could be construed to apply to any restricted upper-class group rather than just to a Jewish elite. On the other hand, the Jewish heritage of Publicis, from its founder the late Maurice Bleustein-Blanchet to Maurice Levy, its current CEO, to Sadoun, is an open secret.

Another troubling detail is that Marine Le Pen keeps describing the present regime of France as a parasitic “System” superimposed on the French nation by alien forces or alien minorities. While such a view stems from both socialist and reactionary 19th century myths (the “Two Hundred Families” — Big Capital — that socialists loved to hate, the “Four Confederate Estates” — Freemasons, Protestants, Jews and Peregrines — lacerated by the reactionary polemicist Charles Maurras), it is essentially a hallmark of Nazi ideology: as Victor Klemperer noted in his 1947 book, The Language of the Third Reich, the democratic Weimar Republic was routinely referred to as “The System” throughout the Nazi era, from 1933 to 1945.

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The "new" anti-Semitism comes in the form of anti-Zionism. It closely aligns itself with Islam. By casting the Muslim as the new victim and Jew as Nazi, this vile Jew-hatred has displaced traditional anti-Semitism.

Old anti-Semitism isn't gone and will rear its ugly head from time to time but it no longer is a potent force in politics. Marine Le Pen proves that one must shed this attitude if one wants respectability. That evolution takes time and will never be complete but let's not let that distract us from the anti-Zionist hatred that's out if full force.
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Our present immigration "system" was largely conceived and sponsored by.... Ted Kennedy. Oh, I get it!; by "the Tribe," you mean, of course, the Irish.
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Backing off on definitions of anti-Semitism speaks to the presence of people who want a more free field of fire against Jews and also how they hide in anti-oppression movements (in this case pro-Palestinian) that serve to disguise such hatreds.

As in the case of law itself, not having a single definition of what might constitute bigotry is dangerous - for everybody. We're having the same problem in America where terms such as "racism" and "sexism" come with pre-fabricated disclaimers that effectively means only one side is ever guilty of either. What that produces is a free-fire zone, double-standards, fear, anger, and division.
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Marine Le Pen is also linked, in more than a way, to Hezbollah and Iran. Her party members are neither fond of Jews nor Israelis.
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Thank you for calling out the anti-Semitism of FN. In the wake of FN's ains in the EU parliamentary elections, many in the US conservative movement saw F'N's victories as some alignment between the "Tea Party" and nationalistic movements in Europe. Hopefully your savvy take on this issue will bring some US conservatives to their senses.
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Right-wing movements (there are none in the US to speak of) do not have to be anti-Semitic, but we need to point it out when they are. Sometimes they back off.
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More like De Gaulle dan like Pétain? It is the other way round. Marine is more like Pétain than like Charles de Gaulle.
Marine Le Pen's connection with Alexander Dugin and his 4PT of Eurasianisme make FN (and other European right parties) Putin's fifth column.
Marine's willingness of parroting Russian propaganda on RT is a sign of that. She was present at a colloquium with Alexander Dugin a month ago in Vienna. There is more proof of collaboration findable on internet.

Alexander Dugins 4PT (4th Political Theory) is virulent: anti-democratic, anti-Americain, anti Human-right.
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I guess I must take what I said back. If she's a Putin puppet, she's like Sartre whether she knows it or not, and may support the Philosophes' views and the French Revolution.

Putin was already seen in a few photos posing near the Hammer and Sickle and having flags for them in the background of rallies, so any anti-Communist claims are most likely lies.
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"her words could be construed to apply to any restricted upper-class group rather than just to a Jewish elite. On the other hand, the Jewish heritage of Publicis,"

So American: when she criticizes Publics, a mostly Jewish organization, she is anti-Semite, when we criticize NAACP, we are racist.

When we criticize Obama, our first black president, we are white supremacist extremists. When we balk at paying more taxes, we are racists who want to let poor blacks die; when we want to secure our borders, we are racist against Hispanics.
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Precisely the opposite - you are applying American logic to Europe, whose history is very, very different. All of it, not just Germany.. This is a serious issue in Europe, and the danger is no joke. Or you can ask the countless French Jews who fled the country in fear and now live in Israel.
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Hopefully, Marine Le Pen actually denounces the Philosophes' views and the French Revolution and returns France back to its status as the sister of Rome.

That being said, she does need to cut back on some of the words that might be viewed as anti-Semitic.
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Unfortunately, it was the Catholic loyalists who provided much of the anti-Semitic fuel, not that the revolutionaries were so wonderful.
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When the Pope (whom the French Catholics considered insufficiently anti-Semitic) asked for people to fight for the old values, Rothschild went over to the Cardinal and offered his services. He was not exactly welcomed with open arms.
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Jews themselves are responsible for legitimizing the new anti-Semitism. Too many Jews put unity with Progressive ideology over everything else and stay silent on Progressive anti-Semitism. This legitimatizes the new anti-Semitism. If people Like Chuck Shumer, Diane Fienstein and Carl Levin would stop ignoring these new Neo-Nazis in the Progressive movement it would be harder for them to get away with it.
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I would just like to note, as a former resident of the neighborhood that put Schumer into office, that he was elected as an alternative to an even more leftist group. That same neighborhood elected a Catholic Republican in preference to a religious Jewish Democrat, putting its political future in jeopardy (they just have to redraw the district lines and we have zero political power) to say no to Obama.
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This. This. And yet again this. Refer to the Book of Jeremiah for earlier examples.
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"I only raise up your enemies from among yourselves", explained the Rabbis. The worst anti-Semites of all are of Jewish origin; some of them work for the New York Times and some for the Israeli press.
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To: Werewife
Yes Edward Kennedy was one of the sponsors of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, but he was just a junior senator at the time, without much actual clout. The primary sponsor was the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an international Jewish (the Tribe) non-governmental organization.
See how it works; for the Tribe to maintain their self-interests and preservation, the rest of us are made to put with third worlders trespassing into the U.S. depressing the earning power and living standards
of the middle class. Of course Israel is permitted to guard its borders and to deport people who are deemed as unsuitable; but the U.S. is expected to be open to the world.
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The first group of such "foreigners" were the Catholics. In fact, no debate over immigration was as heated as that over letting in the Irish. Are you Catholic? If so, by your own definition, you are not a true American and have no right to an opinion.

PS - My Dad voted against Ted and Robert, but that was over "parochial tribal issues", so never mind. My Mom was prescient enough to vote against Jack, and my Dad later came to agree.
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Oh, for the Love of Life Orchestra. The ADL was inadvisedly and inappropriately sanguine about said Act (yes, I will give you that) for 2 reasons: just about every liberal in the USA was, and lots of Northeastern urban Jews were/are part of that liberal, bien-pensant culture; and there were fresh memories of such "self-defensive" US government actions such as the turning back of the St. Louis, the refusal to allow any Kindertransport children into the US, etc. But of course, you see through all that to the heart of the evil international conspiracy to harm everyone else for the benefit of the alien Tribe. Between the paranoid collectivist Left railing on the concept of The Chosen People being responsible for all nationalism and racism, and the shriveled Throne-and-Altar Old Right on guard against the alien Tribe, this BS will never end.
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Unfortunately, the criticism of the ADL as being a "tribe" front, though not good at all, is given some credence when Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, was more than willing to cry "controversy" over Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" simply because it tried to point out the Jewish people's role in the death of Christ (which, BTW was ultimately accurate), yet when 40 Days, and 40 Nights by the Weinstein Brothers, which was a very disgusting parody of Lent, was not only created specifically to denigrate Christians of all stripes, but they even had the audacity to release it during Lent, he ignored it. And unlike the Weinstein Brothers, he may have been a religious Jew rather than a secular Jew, which makes me think he's effectively the Jewish equivalent of race-baiters such as "Reverends" Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton (and the latter of whom succeeded in actually causing an anti-Semitic riot [Crown Heights] without even resorting to referencing Jesus's crucifixion, instead referencing Apartheid and Oppenheimer). Honestly, we Christians are being persecuted in even education, being told we did horrors that frankly are either exaggerated or downright lies, so just because we aren't having bullets or knives physically going into us doesn't mean we aren't being persecuted (and actually, we kinda do have physical aspects if we go by the Columbine shootings).

And I've seen some passages of the Talmud and, quite frankly, they were somewhat disgusting, and definitely went against what God said mankind should do in even the Old Testament, and yet that's apparently considered the most holy book among the Jewish people, or at least the second most important below only to the Torah. And they claim Jesus violated the laws Moses created? When are they going to be honest and actually throw out the Talmud when it isn't even compatible with the Torah at all under close examination? I don't expect them to follow the New Testament unless they decide to Convert to Christianity or at least become Messianic Jews (who BTW are getting a lot of bad rap even by their fellow Jewish brethren), but I do fully expect them to at least try to follow what God specifically made clear in the Torah/Old Testament, instead of desecrating God's laws from the Torah in favor of the Talmud and then pretending they are serving God when they are actually closer to serving the Rabbis.
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The "new" anti-Semitism comes in the form of anti-Zionism. It closely aligns itself with Islam. By casting the Muslim as the new victim and Jew as Nazi, this vile Jew-hatred has displaced traditional anti-Semitism.

Old anti-Semitism isn't gone and will rear its ugly head from time to time but it no longer is a potent force in politics. Marine Le Pen proves that one must shed this attitude if one wants respectability. That evolution takes time and will never be complete but let's not let that distract us from the anti-Zionist hatred that's out if full force.
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The strategy of the Tribe for their self-preservation has always been to discourage nationalism and to promote "diversity" so as to deflect any undue heat from the majority population. This is what they did to England, by promoting the importing of third worlders from mostly the Caribbean and back country villages in Pakistan and India.

The same game plan is being used by the Tribe in the U.S. Import third worlders mostly from Mexico, Central & South America and presto, the wonderful benefits of "diversity". Of course if conservatives only just question, never mind protest, this push for diversity, then the charges of isolationism or maybe being an anti-Semite are trotted out.

Possibly some of the conservatives are starting to wake up to and understand that a big dose of self-determination is needed to preserve the majority populations political position, and stop the destructive push for cultural diversity.
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Our present immigration "system" was largely conceived and sponsored by.... Ted Kennedy. Oh, I get it!; by "the Tribe," you mean, of course, the Irish.
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If I am not mistaken Teddy was once known as "the Chappaquiddick wetback." Later he abandoned that moniker for the shorter "The Swimmer" ("Dah Swimmah" in the Bahwstin dialect.)
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Hey, don't bring Kennedy the killer into this, he doesn't represent us. I'm of Irish descent (both parents on my mom's side of the family are Irish, my grandma being an Irish immigrant, and even my Dad's side of the family has some trace amounts of Irish in there), and yet I definitely see our immigration system as broken, even deliberately sabotaged.
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The greatest anti-immigrant sentiment in US history - unfortunately, picked up by the new Republican Party in Lincoln's day - was against the Irish. The Klan was classically anti-Catholic and anti-Jewish. So, remember, when anyone talks about "true Americans", you're not included.

Somehow they forget all of the "high Church Protestant" denominations who have replaced the Bible with progressivism.
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First of all, I'm an independent, so I really could care less about what the Republicans did. The only reason I voted Republican mostly since 2008 was because the Democrats generally were pro-Abortion, and if both candidates were pro-Abortion, I might as well not even vote, period.

Secondly, I know about the America-Firsters or Know-Nothings and their anti-Catholic bigotry, as well as the KKK (Democrats) targeting us Catholics. In fact, during the colonial era pre-War of Independence, the only Catholic colony was Maryland, and even that became protestant by the time of the Revolution. So you don't need to tell me about Catholic persecution. Heck, even today, we've got Catholics being persecuted, even in places that should be safe-havens for them like Notre Dame or Georgetown. I experienced three professors who taught against Catholic doctrine, two were honest enough to admit they aren't Catholics anymore, and the third still believes himself to be a Catholic for the same reasons why Protestants often think that Christians remain that after being baptized.

I was mainly responding to werewife's implication that we Irish people were responsible for the broken immigration system and promoting diversity. My mom's side of the family may be liberal, but I'm not, and even my mom changed to Conservative later in life.

And either way, to be fully honest, I think it's fine time to just undo the Enlightenment, especially after all the suffering the Enlightenment did to us, with the French Revolution all the way up to the various Communist revolutions, the promotion of Atheism and all of that. The Jewish people love to comment on Nazi Germany's persecution of them, yet they seem to fail regarding the USSR's persecution of them at the same time, some even promoting the latter. It's sad, really. And Nazi Germany persecuted us Christians as well, yet this is constantly ignored and sometimes Nazi Germany is even falsely characterized as a Christian movement when it was not and in fact was closer to pagan than Christian, and Hitler and the others were Atheistic either way.

I am not an anti-Semite, and in fact, I wouldn't have any problem with Judaism so long as they actually follow God. If they follow the Torah, fine by me, since at least that was actually given by God. And I wouldn't dream of harming Jewish people unless they try to harm us first. I do have a major problem with those who don't follow God, either honestly making clear that they don't follow God or otherwise genuinely thinking they are when they actually aren't, so I have a major problem with secular Jews/JINOs, as well as Talmudic Jews, and the reason I have a problem with the latter group is because, at least from what I gathered from the Talmud from reading about it on the web, it promoted stuff that God made very clear even in the Torah/Old Testament were very bad things. I can handle Jewish people not converting to Christianity, although I do hope that they do convert, so long as they at least try to follow the Old Testament/Torah. If they follow things that are blatantly against what God declared, that I simply cannot tolerate, I'm sorry to say. Now, if you're Talmudic and you have anything against my critical statements about the Talmud or feel you need to correct me if I'm mistaken, please, feel free to do so. I have heard a few things about their promoting certain sexual morals that the Torah/Old Testament explicitly forbade, like dating a child or something as long as it is consentual. I also didn't like that they mentioned that God damned his own son into boiling excrement, but even Jesus stated he had haters, so I can't be surprised about that. I can't expect anyone but Christians to follow the New Testament, but I do fully expect both Christians and Jewish people to follow the Old Testament, especially when most of the laws in the Old Testament are still retained in the New Testament and Jesus didn't create a bonfire to burn the Old Testament, and the Jewish People are supposed to be following the Torah, which actually was created by God the Father, and not the Talmud which was written by arrogant mortals.

And anyways, I once was told by a Jewish girl in High School that Jesus broke several Jewish laws, and doesn't deserve to be called the Messiah, and she was religious enough to have been preparing for a Bat Mitzvah, and my only crime was in a friendly manner mentioning my status as a Catholic, so I have had some experience with this sort of thing.
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Backing off on definitions of anti-Semitism speaks to the presence of people who want a more free field of fire against Jews and also how they hide in anti-oppression movements (in this case pro-Palestinian) that serve to disguise such hatreds.

As in the case of law itself, not having a single definition of what might constitute bigotry is dangerous - for everybody. We're having the same problem in America where terms such as "racism" and "sexism" come with pre-fabricated disclaimers that effectively means only one side is ever guilty of either. What that produces is a free-fire zone, double-standards, fear, anger, and division.
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The problem also is people who want to only include "racial" anti-Semitism, and not religious anti-Semitism, which is what anti-Semitism was for millennia (yes, that term is literal and historically accurate). Anti-Semitism may take many forms, but at the base it's the same. The charges don't change all that much over the millennia, either.
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