Friday, August 08, 2014

Antisemitism, Israel and the Soral phenomenon in France

The editors of Le Monde Diplomatique have kindly agreed to release two articles on the English-language edition of their website from behind the paywall, in order to help inform debate about antisemitism, the pro-Palestine movement and the Soral phenomenon in France.  Here they are:

Dominique Vidal, 'France: racism is indivisible':

"In France (1) only the far right used to refer to a "Jewish lobby" - a phrase that combines standard anti-semitic fantasies about Jewish finance, media control and power; the term is the contemporary equivalent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (2). Now for the first time it has been used by a Jewish writer, Elisabeth Schemla, founding editor of the Proche-Orient.info website, a former top journalist on Le Nouvel Observateur who is also author of a book that was highly uncritical about Ariel Sharon (3)..." (continue)


Evelyne Pieiller, 'The online politics of Alain Soral':

"Visitors to Alain Soral’s Egalité et Réconciliation (Equality and Reconciliation, E & R) website see pictures of Hugo Chávez, Che Guevara, Muammar Gaddafi, Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro and Vladimir Putin on the left of the masthead. Joan of Arc and Soral are on the right. The site, with its motto “leftwing on labour, but rightwing values”, is France’s 269th most popular, a few places behind the TV magazine Télérama."  (continue)