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Macron Denounces Anti-Semitism
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  • Andrew Allison

    The highly-visible anti-Semitism on the left and right masks a long and sordid history of anti-Semitism in France.

    • D4x

      Including Herzl’s epiphany, Zionism, over L’Affaire Dreyfus.

  • Skynyrd777

    Denouncing anti-semitism in 2017. What a smart move! Who could have thought about it but a Macron-level kind of genius? This guy is definitively one of the most brilliant minds of our century, he’s going to save the liberal order.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Your sarcasm is well-taken, but the truth of the matter is that denouncing antisemitism (particularly among Islamists, and especially on the left) is no longer as uncontroversial as it would have been in saner times.

      So one cheer for this…

      • Skynyrd777

        Yeah it boggles my mind how the left has been so prone to literally call out right-wing patriots as ‘nazis’ while systematically dismissing any suspicion of anti-semitism from their beloved migrants. This is all the more disturbing that in the US the right-wing is inherently zionist, even the new ‘Jacksonian right’ as this newspaper likes to call it. Meanwhile, in some eastern European countries, we’ve reached the point where members of the far-right are massively converting to the Islam by fascination for its anti-semitism… How long before the left understands its next (and probably last) fight will be against the Islam?

        • f1b0nacc1

          Probably never. If there is one truth about the Left is that it is entirely tactical in nature and tends to work with any ally (no matter how repugnant) right up till the moment that the ally turns on them and destroys them. Usually this is moderate lefties being consumed by the far left, but there is nothing that says that this must be the case.

    • mhjhnsn

      Yeah, har-dee-har-har–except that many politicians DON’T do it. I give Macron credit for saying what should be said, whatever his motives.

      • Proud Skeptic

        Pretty low standard, wouldn’t you agree?

        • Martin Johnson

          Yes, but these days when talking about Israel, especially in Europe, the standards are even lower, so I’ll be happy with what I can get.

  • Beauceron


    Europe’s future is Islam. Islam is anti-semitic (and anti-Christian too, but that doesn’t seem to matter nearly as much).

    As Europe becomes steadily more Islamic, it will not be a place for jews or christians– of the secular, for that matter.

  • Isaiah6020

    This strikes me as just another BS denouncement meant to cozy up to Israel, given the oversized (what else is new) importance in the whole Syria situation. Until and unless France starts to prosecute attacks on Jews as hate crimes with the sentences to match, these assurances are worthless and meaningless.

    • D4x

      The palestinians need to know that they can not rely on Macron as a pinch-hitter for Trump on the two-state head fake. Holocaust-denier Abbas’ fallback is to rely on Merkel and Macron to sponsor new peace talks. In the past week, Abbas had to watch President Macron stand with President Trump, and now PM Netanyahu.

      From June 18, 2017, for the details, and the conclusion: “…The Israeli official said, “We will work only with the Trump
      administration, and we have the US president’s commitment to prevent any European, French or German initiatives on the regional peace process.”

      The palestinians are currently over-reaching in denying any Jewish claim on the Temple Mount, Western Wall, or Patriarch’s Tomb in Hebron, using UNESCO’s shameful resolutions for legitimacy. Hard to imagine Macron will prioritize the palestinians as Hollande did, even harder to imagine Merkel taking up such a thankless task without Macron.

      Yes, I am now using baseball metaphors for Trump’s foreign policy. Only learned yesterday he was quite the baseball player in high school, scouted by the Phillies and Red Sox.

  • Proud Skeptic

    Denouncing anti-Semitism is not big deal. On the other hand feeling like you need to denounce it definitely IS a big deal.

  • Blackbeard

    Talk is cheap. There are lots of Muslims in France and they’re not the least bit reluctant to use force when it suits them. Let’s see what Macron actually does.

  • FriendlyGoat

    You know? There is something a little nutty about equating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. One is discrimination against a people. The other is discrimination against an idea. However well-intended, we unwisely invite ourselves onto logical thin ice if we say we cannot simply be kind to Jewish people anywhere without necessarily buying into a particular vision of a Jewish nation in physical Israel. The same would be true of insisting we must buy into Mohammad in order to try to be kind to Muslims. I think Macron meant well, but he may have spoken a quoted statement that went a little far. See article’s link to NYT.

  • According to a 2015 poll taken in France, 92% of French people actually view the Jews favorably:

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