In Paris, Pro-Palestine Demos Were Pro-Hamas

The anti-Jewish tone of the pro-Palestine movement reached unprecedented heights on January 3. The protesters planned to march through Paris to the Israeli embassy, located near the Champs-Elysées, which meant that it had to walk through the heavily Jewish district near the Grands Boulevards. When it arrived there, the Jewish quarter was under heavy police protection and the streets leading to it were closed, but it was certain, from all the "Allahu Akbar" and "Weapons for Hamas" that one could hear, that many wanted to physically confront the Jews. This was no wonder, for many Islamist organizations had called for the demo, including the Union des Organisations Islamiques de France (UOIF, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood) and the Collectif des Musulmans de France, which is close to Tariq Ramadan. There was plenty of anti-Jewish literature that was sold on the sidewalks alongside the demo. The Comité sur le génocide en Palestine distributed a leaflet written by Ginette Skandrani, who was banned from the Green Party because of her links to Holocaust-deniers. It is entitled "The Planned Genocide of the Palestinian." A close look at the name of the committee members proves the existence of a red, green, brown network of Jew-bashers: Jean Brière was also banned from the Green Party because of an article he wrote in 1991 against the "bellicist Jewish lobby" that was allegedly behind the launching of Operation Desert Storm. Abdelhakim Sefrioui is a Moroccan imam who belongs to the leadership of the Comité des Imams de France. Mondher Sfar is a Tunisian political activist and opponent of the Ben Ali regime, who wrote in several Holocaust-denial French publications in the 1990s. And the last member is the www.aredam.net website, run by Daniel Milan, a neo-Nazi who converted to Islam. But the most interesting leaflet which was distributed emanated from the Mouvement des Indigènes de la République, a secular movement led by intellectuals of Arab descent who are on television regularly. The leaflet featured a photograph of Sheikh Izz ad-Din al Qassam, "hero of the Palestinian revolution, who gave his name to the armed branch of Hamas."

Late in the evening when it became dark, the riot began. There were cries of "death to the Jews" and youngsters wearing "Hamas " t-shirts throwing stones at the police. This is when the black supremacists of the Mouvement des Damnés de l'Impérialisme (MDI) began to distribute their propaganda. MDI, led by Kemi Seba, whose family comes from Benin, began under the name Tribu KA as a radical offspring of the Nation of Islam. It evolved into a bizarre cult advocating return to Africa and a mix of ancient Egyptian wisdom and black racialism. It is virulently anti-Semitic and Seba has now returned to the Islamic faith. In the demonstration, the MDI leaflets called the "Arab diaspora" to "efficiently fight against the Zionist enemy who is occupying our lands." Of course, "our lands" means both Israel and France. The MDI is now building an alliance with Islamists and white neo-Nazi supremacists, and their common ground is hatred of the Jews. This certainly explains why there were several fascist militants among those who rioted as well.

Nearly one week after the demonstration, the French media has not yet understood what happened. It has not even written about it. However, it is now crystal clear to those who have eyes to see that the radicalization process of the pro-Palestine movement has reached a turning point.