Brad DeLong on Wed, 1 May 2002 20:00:02 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Palestine and Le Pen

>John Horvath <> :
>Naomi Klein's article to the Globe and Mail is a perfect example of a
>distraction to drown out legitimate criticism of Israel by fanning the
>flames of anti-Semitism. After all, the shoah must go on. Her assertion
>that "the only people Mr. Le Pen's supporters seem to dislike more than
>Jews are Arabs" is quite incorrect. Len Pen's fascism is more against
>Arabs than Jews; more precisely, the NF in France is against North
>It's a common mistake to assume that fascists are against first and
>foremost Jews and then everyone else (actually, why do Jews hold the
>monopoly over the word "Semite" when Palestinians are also considered
>Semitic?). Nationalists are against "the foreigner" foremost represented
>by the minorities they feel most threatened by. In France, they are not
>too happy with Jews, that's for sure; but what they are more afraid of is
>who they see on the streets and can quickly identify. Moreover, with the
>number of North Africans and refugees from "the east" on the increase,
>it's this wave of immigration which is seen as the biggest threat to
>French nationalists.
>Aside from all this, you may have noticed that stories of rising
>anti-Semitism almost always coincides with criticism of Israel...

The unspoken conclusions that seems to follow from that last sentence 
of yours is that (a) the reports that synagogues are being torched in 
France are lies, or (b) Jose Bove is right when he claims that the 
synagogues that are being torched in France are being burned by 

Do you mean to suggest those conclusions? Are is it just that your 
writing is sloppy?

Brad DeLong

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