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Anti-Semitism is endemic to the Left

French leftists have once again revealed their disturbing tendency to embrace anti-Semitism, said Laurent Joffrin in <em>Lib&eacute;ration.</em>

Laurent JoffrinLibération

French leftists have once again revealed their disturbing tendency to embrace anti-Semitism, said Laurent Joffrin. Last week, the satirical leftist weekly Charlie Hebdo ran a column about Jean Sarkozy, President Nicolas Sarkozy’s son. Jean is engaged to a Jewish girl, and there are rumors that he might convert to Judaism. The writer, a prominent cartoonist and columnist known as Siné, insinuated that Jean was a canny opportunist who craved power. In just a few sentences, Siné “associated Jewishness with money, power, and undue influence.” It’s the typical equation beloved by the far Left: “Jews equal money, money equals capitalism, we oppose capitalism, therefore we attack the Jews.” Some supporters tried to defend Charlie Hebdo, noting that the magazine had stood up to Muslim fundamentalists by reprinting the Danish Mohammed cartoons; similarly, they said, it was now standing up to Jews by running Siné’s column. “But Islamism is a political choice, while being Jewish is not. Denouncing the first is anti-fundamentalist; denouncing the second is racist.”

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