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.