Sunday, May 24, 2009

EU Elections - The Anti-Zionists

Dieudonné, the famous and infamous comedian who has built a career around his visceral anti-Semitism, and "philosopher" Alain Soral, who has built a career around his... visceral anti-Semitism, will be running together in the European elections, on a ballot for Ile-de-France, which includes Paris and its environs. This, of course, is the region of France most likely to cast votes for their party - the Anti-Zionist Party or PAS.

The news of their collaboration and electoral ambitions has caused oceans of ink to flow at all the websites, and has spurred some to call for a ban on the party. Most of the comments I have seen are opposed to such a ban since it would only help the cause of the PAS by granting it instant martyrdom.

Before going any further it must be stated that nothing like this would have the remotest chance of succeeding were it not for the Muslim presence in France. But the Muslim presence is now coming to the aid of those anti-Semitic elements that lie dormant waiting for their hour to come. The Muslim presence has brought together the Left and Islam and the anti-Semitic Right in a coalition fit for hell. Dieudonné and Soral, but especially Soral, hold hybrid positions on various issues, mixing socialism, tradition, nationalism, anti-EU-ism, multi-culturalism, etc... thus disseminating even more confusion, but at bottom, for these two men and their Muslim-led party, Israel (and by natural extension all Jews), are the cause of all the evil in the world. This is the "traditional" point of view held by the congenital anti-Semite.

It is difficult to choose from the plethora of articles streaming forth on this topic. In March, Le Monde announced that Alain Soral had accepted Dieudonné's invitation to join him on the ballot:

Addressing him as "my dear Dieudonné", Soral, former member of the French Communist Party and one-time adviser to Jean-Marie Le Pen, affirmed that he heard loud and clear Dieudonné's "vibrant appeal for a union of all those who refuse to submit." And that he was in favor of "opposing Zionism and denouncing the ever more conspicuous and weighty interference by the French pro-Zionist lobby in the affairs of our country."

However, since the fight against separate ethnic communities ("communautarisme") and Zionism are "not sufficient to constitute an electoral program", Soral has added a few other points to his humorist friend's political road map: "The fight against the rise of commercial globalist totalitarianism which is what the European Union is in reality; the defense of French workers and their rights against the plan for the destruction of our industries, public services, and small businesses by globalized capitalism, hence by the European Union; the return of the State to all large economic sectors, or a well-reasoned protectionism" (...)

Ivan Rioufol, a journalist with Le Figaro, writing at his blog earlier this month speaks of the possibility of banning this new party from the elections:

Personally, I have always felt that a democratic debate was not improved by silencing scandalous opinions or realities. For this reason, I have always opposed the Gayssot Law that penalizes Holocaust denial. It seems to me that the best way to victimize Dieudonné and his friends, who are eager for victimization, would be to ban the public expression of their anti-Zionist obsessions. (...) You cannot smother out dangerous ideas. Rather, you fight back in public discussions and in the voting booth. This is how the masks fall (I've learned that at my blog) and hidden realities reveal themselves.

Note: I agree with him in general. There are however times when certain parties, ideas or individuals, in the interests of national security, must be classified as dangerous to the public welfare. This is not one of them mainly because the Muslim presence in France is very significant and cannot be "offended", and because the government itself is responsible for this presence. However, Europe, France perhaps more so than other countries, has reached an explosive point in this Jewish-Muslim war on European soil due to, as indicated, the massive, government-sponsored invasion by Muslims and Africans. Another cause is the deliberate blurring and mixing of issues, achieved by playing upon the general public's indoctrination into egalitarian absolutism: all men are equal, all religions are equal, all cultures are equal, and all hatreds are equal. Thus anti-Semitism, a centuries-old European obsession, is in no way different from the completely justified fear of Islam, conveniently tagged as "Islamophobia." I have no doubts that Le Pen, Dieudonné and Soral are all completely aware of this, and are enjoying every minute of their game with European bureaucrats, so pompously offended by the presence of a group of Jew-haters and Jew-baiters. The same European bureaucrats who prepared the terrain long ago for this very eruption of insanity. Louis Pasteur said, "The germ is nothing, the terrain is everything".

Riposte Laïque, a website fiercely devoted to preserving laïcité (the separation of Church and State decreed by the 1905 law), takes definite sides on the issue of Muslim immigration and its effects on French society, denouncing the Dieudonné-Soral partnership on many grounds, and insisting that the PAS must not be banned, but discredited. Here are some extended excerpts from those parts of the article I consider most relevant to this post:

Listening to the press conference given by Dieudonné and Soral and the first 20 of their running mates on the so-called "anti-Zionist" ballot, one is left with a strange feeling.

The media have pointed out that what is so unusual are the disparities in the list of names. There are names of people who come from labor unions; a former leader of the Front National for Youth; a film-maker claiming to have belonged to the LCR (Revolutionary Communist League); Ginette Skandrani - accused even by some pro-Palestinians of being a fellow traveler in the club of holocaust deniers - and who even managed to get herself excluded from the Green Party; Maria Poumer, a university professor who supports Chavez and claims she wants to reconcile Christian and Communist cultures but who was reproached by her colleagues for her complicity with holocaust denier Roger Garaudy; a mystical guru - psychosociologist and psychotherapist from the extreme-center(!); a republican who wants to kick out all those who don't love France; two traditional Catholics; the token Muslim woman with a veil; and even one individual who is pro-European Union!

Note: In his article on this topic (see below), NDP leader Robert Spieler indicates that there is also one ultra-orthodox anti-Zionist rabbi on the ballot. A motley crew, if ever...

But besides Dieudonné, there are the two individuals who really weigh most heavily in this coalition. During the press conference, one could see the important role played by the Zahra Center in creating the ticket. Dieudonné and Soral were seated between Yahia Gouasmi, a shiite Muslim of the Party of God (Hezbollah), and a veiled woman who never spoke (see photo below). The image was revealing. Yahia Gouasmi is both president of the Anti-Zionist Party (PAS) and the Zahra Center. Recently he took part in a demonstration by the Party of Muslims of France, demanding the abolition of the law against religious signs in schools. Riposte Laïque has been interested in the Zahra Center, in the north of France, that openly advocates the disappearance of Israel and does not hide its links with Iran. During the 30th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, Jean-Marie Le Pen had accepted an invitation to attend the ceremonies in Paris, and granted an interview in which he praised the revolution and the ayatollahs. We have also been interested in the remarks of Yahia Gouasmi, who cannot mask his hatred of Jews behind rhetoric that condones the eradication of the State of Israel.

Note: I covered the event alluded to above in the last part of a post entitled Focus on Iran.

The press conference made it clear that if Gouasmi held the purse strings (the only comment he made was to say that "there is no financial problem"), it was Alain Soral who was the boss, the composer of the music played by Dieudonné, in the provocative key that is his alone. Alain Soral, essayist, polemicist, Marxist, longtime member of the French Communist Party, special adviser to Jean-Marie Le Pen during the presidential campaign, who left the Front National amidst confusion and conflict with Marine Le Pen. (...)

Note: The article discusses at length certain of Soral's positions that are similar to those of Riposte Laïque, but the author is quick to point out that these areas of agreement do not mean affinity with Soral or support for his party.

The Dieudonné-Soral rhetoric is very simple. Jews are everywhere. They are at the center of a conspiracy. They govern the world and they have invaded France. The country must be liberated from this invasion. Remember their slogan during the war in Gaza: "Zionist, get the hell out of here, France is not yours!" (...)

Note: Of course France DOES belong to the Muslims???

What can one say about the stupid idea of Claude Guéant, Elysée chief of staff, when he declared that he wanted to examine the ways to ban this ballot. It was a boon for Dieudonné, who, of course, knows how to use this to his advantage. (...)

We mustn't underestimate Soral-Dieudonné-Gouasmi. They've done good preparation. And it isn't by chance that they are running only in Ile-de-France - that is where the terrain is most fertile. They participated in the Gaza demonstrations, (...) they were present at the UOIF convention (Union of Islamic Organizations of France which is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood) where they spoke at length with Tariq Ramadan. Soral, in the aftermath, gave a joint lecture in Bordeaux with Tarek Oubrou, grand mufti of UOIF. (...)

One shudders at the "national republican reconciliation" that the trio promises us, behind their anti-Zionist rhetoric.

It would be a France with the Islamic veil, the uniform of the Party of God in which Gouasmi is a participant. He would have total freedom to impose himself in all areas of our society. It would mean public prayers, as we witnessed during the January 2009 demonstrations in Paris.

One century after the 1905 law, under pressure from Islam, religion is regaining control of our public affairs (...)

Note: There follows a long list of acts that Jews are NOT responsible for. For example:

It is not Jews who form the majority of inmates in our prisons.

While Riposte Laïque condemns ALL religions, except insofar as they are completely separate from the State, we have seen that certain Christian and Jewish religious leaders and "intellectuals" welcome Islam - the Catholics on grounds that Islam restores spiritual feelings and "saves" Europe from hedonism, Jews on grounds of multiculturalism, which they perceive as a safeguard against persecutions. Both Christians and Jews who belong to the Socialist line of thinking (i.e., Vatican 2, multiculturalism, anti-racism, etc...) regard anti-immigration movements as "racist" or "despotic".

And so the confusion of values, the adoption of harmful ideas by those most entrusted with the job of clarifying and opposing those values, continues to poison the public discourse and provide grist for the mills of men like Alain Soral, keen enough to adopt enough "good ideas" and to carefully mix them with noxious ideas, thus attracting both Muslims and some nationalists who couldn't care less about the consequences of such a mixture, but who just want to get rid of Israel.

For now, it is not likely this party will win many seats, but the mere fact that it is there and growing, as the number of Muslims increases, either through immigration or through large families, is ominous. Robert Spieler, head of the Nouvelle Droite Populaire (NDP), a new party formed by those members of the Front National who had had enough of Le Pen, attempts to see this as a kind of bad joke. He cites the old Jewish legend of the Golem, a creature made of clay that comes alive and spreads terror in the ghetto of Prague:

(...) And so the creature has escaped from those who had deluded themselves into thinking they were its masters. The emotions are intense, indignation howls from all quarters. What? An anti-Zionist ballot? Can we ban it? Claude Guéant, chief of staff of Elysée, for whom anti-Zionism means of course anti-Semitism, declared on the radio: "Dieudonné is an anti-Semite 100% of the time." To which Alain Soral replied, "Even Adolf Hitler, when he patted his dog, had reduced anti-Semitism. In his bunker, Adolf Hitler was only anti-Semitic 97% of the time." And Soral, always the provoker, added: "What is Bernard-Henri Lévy complaining about? Look at our ballot - it's white, black and Arab. We have accomplished what he wants."

Note: Unfortunately there is some truth in this and confirms that Jewish Socialists, such as BHL, who fancy themselves "philosophers" should be exposed as the collaborators of the anti-French Establishment that they are. Using anti-racism as their pretext, they rush to the defense of those who would destroy France. This problem exists in Israel as well as in America and Europe - pundits, sophists, talking heads fill the TV screens every night, attempting to control the way people perceive events.

(...) It is likely that Dieudonné's ballot, appearing as the most rebellious, the most anti-Establishment, will have great success in Ile-de-France. The demiurges of anti-racism will have reaped what they have sown. (...)

Spieler wonders if the EU Parliament, having modified its regulations in order to ban Jean-Marie Le Pen from presiding over the first session of the body after the election (assuming he were elected), will now ban a Golem, even if he is black:

It would be the logical outcome of the anti-racist masquerade that would end (for us) with a gigantic burst of laughter.

Note: Jean-Marie Le Pen, 81, could have, in certain restricted circumstances, addressed the opening session of the new Parliament by virtue of his status as senior member. It was not likely to happen, and now it will not happen.

Finally, to add to the confusion Dieudonné is now often called an "extreme right-winger". But they give that label to Philippe de Villiers as well!

Below, Alain Soral in 2007.

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At May 25, 2009 6:07 AM, Anonymous Simple passant said...

This list is supported by a rabbi. Besides, several Jews are on it. Strange antisemites...

At May 25, 2009 12:35 PM, Blogger Craig said...

Tiberge, would you argue that someone who opposes close ties with Israel to be an anti-Semite? Some "friends of Israel" do just this. I think it is a deflective tactic from those who do not want to discuss Israeli treatment of Palestinians, but that is just my view.

From my own stance, while I have no time for the pseudo-Islamist/leftist "radicals" in Europe who constantly attack Israel (often to the point of genuine anti-Semitism), I have no more time for those who obsessively support Israel. I am not making accusations of you, as I find you a nuanced writer and thinker, but I would simply suggest that not all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic. Just as criticism of Islam is not always "Islamophobic".

At May 25, 2009 4:36 PM, Blogger zazie said...

Craig, I could not have said better ; we must be careful with some words ; from what I hear around (shops, market....), accusing antizionists of being antisemites (as if the Arabs were not Semites!) only leads to an exasperation against (quote) " ces gens qui se plaignent toujours comme s'ils étaient les seules victimes de l'histoire" (those who are always complaining as if they were the only victims in History) ; I am really afraid that all those anathems may nurture antisemitism, the genuine one that aims at eliminating scapegoats.

At May 25, 2009 10:57 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

Due to a new feature at Blogger - a limit of 4,096 characters per comment, I'm dividing this response into parts.

Response to Craig - Part I

I don't think I ever said that one cannot criticize Israel. The point is that you either accept Israel's existence as a nation or you reject it. If you reject the idea that Israel has a "right" to exist, then you cannot help but be against the survival of the Jewish people, since one of the few safeguards they had was a nation of their own. Same with other peoples, such as Armenians, but no one (except maybe some Turks) says that Armenia does not have the right to exist.

So the criticism of Israel is either from the point of view of a critical friend who wants the country to exist, or of an enemy who does not. This is true of any country, but Israel gets much more than its share of hatred than other countries, and much more is asked of Israel than of other countries. That has been patently clear in recent years, but it was clear from the beginning.

Someone who "opposes close ties with Israel" is not necessarily anti-Semitic. Many countries do not have any ties at all with Israel, but they are not anti-Semitic. You become anti-Semitic when your emotional response to the conflict in the Middle East stems from a deep-rooted belief that Israel should not be there, and that Jews are the cause of all the world's evils. If only Israel had not been founded, we would not be in this mess - so goes the reasoning.

As for a "right" to exist, no country has an absolute right to exist. Countries exist because they were fought for. Somebody has to win. So far, Israel has managed to survive, but only when it fought fiercely.

In America we are often told that we never had the right to this land because we stole it from the Indians. But I do not lose sleep over this. What's done is done. Whether or not we have a right to exist is no longer an issue, the point is we DO exist as a nation, and we should fight to keep our nation, just as I'm sure Ireland would fight for its nationhood.

If someone said to you that he had nothing against the Irish people, but that Ireland itself must be eradicated from the map, you would find that untenable. You would say that it is "anti-Irish" to seek the eradication of Ireland. So, it is anti-Semitic to seek the eradication of Israel. They bought that land at a time when there were hardly any inhabitants on it, and they made it flourish.

At May 25, 2009 10:59 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

Response to Craig - Part II

The problem is, Muslims cannot accept this. And in today's world, Muslims have very deftly, and with enormous help from the media and the academy, succeeded in turning people to their side, usually on grounds of anti-racism. The Western world today is in a weakened condition from many causes - too many to go into here. Very poor education, very skewed knowledge of history, irrational fears of looking like a racist, or an elitist, and a near-total loss of a moral compass have led to a resurgence of anti-Semitism, coupled, strangely enough, with white guilt, self-flagellation, and repentance.

To feel pity for the Palestinians because of what the Jews do to them, instead of what they do to themselves is beyond my comprehension. They are not "pseudo-Islamists" (where did you get that idea?) - they are fulfilling the dictates of the Koran. Haven't you read testimonials from apostates about what it really means to be a Muslim? It is tribal, and merciless and intolerant. They must remain in their own lands, because when they enter the West, they become extremely violent. If the majority of Muslims appear peaceful, it is only because others are doing the violence on their behalf. Moreover I feel that no one would give the Palestinians a second thought if they were not at war with the Jews. All over the world, people are treated with horrible cruelty (often at the hands of Islam) and no one is moved. But when Israel attempts to stop Hezbollah or Hamas or the constant harassment through terrorist attacks, suicide bombings, etc... the world goes into a rage. WHY?

Israel feels more pity for the Palestinians, than the Palestinians do for their own. Israeli doctors and hospitals treat wounded Palestinians. Is this reciprocated? Hardly.

My criticism of Israel is quite severe, but has nothing to do with its right to exist or its treatment of Palestinians. Rather, Israel has become too soft, too open-minded, and far too pro-Arab. Large numbers of Arabs live in Israel and participate in the government - do large numbers of Jews live in Algeria, or Saudi Arabia and participate in the government? My criticism of certain types of Jewish behavior has also been severe at Galliawatch. I'm speaking of these very destructive Jewish "philosophers", "intellectuals" and politicians who are given a free rein to influence public opinion along lines of multi-culturalism and Socialism. A man like Sarkozy cultivates their friendship, and at the same time panders shamelessly to Muslims, creating this web of hatreds and resentments in the minds of the French people who see that the Jews are hypocrites, but immune from criticism, because to criticize them is to be anti-Semitic. This situation is unbearable, and makes the job of expelling Muslims from Europe more difficult, since many Jews, to their discredit, come to their aid. I cannot say enough bad things about the recent declaration from the Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that condemned Geert Wilders for racism. This is unconscionable and suicidal. Wilders is a great friend of Israel. The ADL, like so many anti-racist organizations both here and in France, has perverted its own values.

Europeans (like Israelis) must concentrate on saving their nations, not on proving they are not racists. Do the Arabs care about whether or not they look like racists?

At May 25, 2009 11:06 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ Simple passant

You are quite right. There are many Jewish collaborators. Sometimes they look like fools - an orthodox rabbi who is anti-Zionist!

Sometimes, they do great harm, as my previous comments to Craig make clear.

Today, there are, unfortunately, many anti-Semitic Jews. Do they hate themselves for being Jewish? Do they want to be in tune with the times? Who knows? They only help to muddy the waters even more...

Interestingly, the Muslim equivalent of such collaborators could be the apostates. Yet, they do not muddy the waters. They, in fact, help to clarify the truth about Islam.

At May 26, 2009 3:53 PM, Blogger Craig said...


Thank you for your reply. It's given me a lot to think about. Just to clarify that I was not attacking you in any way, and that I respect your views even when I disagree with them.

At May 27, 2009 1:55 PM, Anonymous dauphin_b612 said...

Yes, Tiberge, I thought your views very insightful, refreshing and correct.

As to this new party, I think most French have other things to worry about these days.

I was suprised to learn that some Hassidic Jewish sects loathe Israel, and have even showed support to Iran. Crazy, so they are well matched with Dieudonné!

At May 28, 2009 7:32 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ dauphin,

It does not surprise me that Hassidic Jews hate Israel. There can only be one reason for that - as I stated, Israel is too liberal, too pro-Arab. A large percentage of the Israeli Knesset is Arab, and Jewish lawyers and magistrates often rule in favor of Arabs instead of Jews trying to defend the country.

Having said this, I personnally am not in favor of rule by Hassidic Jews. They are too far at the other extreme. And look at what they do - they collaborate with a country that may have the potential to nuke Israel!

All Western countries (including Israel) have moved entirely too far to the Left. This has opened the door to Islam and made it very easy for Muslims to penetrate. If Christianity were strong in Europe, and Judaism strong in Israel, I'm convinced things would be different.

BTW, I hope to do a long article on Père Samuel. He recently sent a warning to the West. He's Catholic, but Turkish-born. This may help him bypass the over-intellectualization that some Western clegy indulge in, and present the truth in all its baldness.

Thanks to all for the comments on this difficult topic.

At May 30, 2009 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a hell of a lot of slander to fit into one article...

At May 30, 2009 2:11 PM, Anonymous dauphin_b612 said...

@ tiberge

You are right about Israel being Left I'm sure. But my understanding (at least from the news report) was that these Hassidic sects believe that no state of Israel should exist on scriptural grounds, whatever that means. Seems treasonous and foolish to me as they would probably be the first slaughtered if there were no defense.

The post on Père Samuel should be interesting. I had the same warning from a Syrian I met on a plane, a guy I had more in common with than most French!


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