[Marxism] Fwd: Fw: [jewswhospeakout] The trap set for the Jews of France (from the UJ FP, French Jewish Union for Peace)

Richard Fidler rfidler_8 at sympatico.ca
Wed Jan 21 11:24:38 MST 2015

Here's the English translation (I think, as the author's name is slightly different):

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Subject: [jewswhospeakout] The trap set for the Jews of France (from the
UJFP, French Jewish Union for Peace)
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:55:16 +0100

 Dear friends,

Here’s something I just translated, and the translation has been approved
by the folks who produced the text, that is, the National Bureau of the *Union
juive fran�aise pour la paix*. To be shared if you see fit.


Jim Cohen

Here’s the original : http://www.ujfp.org/spip.php?article3772

And the translation:

*The trap set for the Jews of France *
Thursday 15 January 2015
Bureau National de l’UJFP <http://www.ujfp.org/spip.php?auteur222> – The
National Bureau of the French Jewish Union for Peace

In the past several days we have experienced the same repeated shocks as
all our fellow citizens. As Jews we were profoundly upset by the horrible
attack carried out on Jews only because they were Jews. This can only evoke
memories of the worst periods of Judaism in France. All we believe in as
activists, citizens, and human beings, and all that we struggle for – the
value of life, equality among human beings, and *ta’ayush* (living
together) – was trampled in the editorial office of a magazine and in a
kosher market. We are convinced that freedom of expression is a fundamental
value of any democratic society and that it must be defended at all costs
against obscurantist violence.
We are also conscious of the rise of a formidable anti-semitism in France.
But we seek to analyze it and understand its causes, because like all
racisms it breeds blindness, hatred and bloodshed. For years our
association has been denouncing the trap set for French Jews and it is
important to describe this trap again in the wake of this murderous attack.
This trip has been laid by several different instances, at several
different levels, yet not without coordination. It began with Ariel
Sharon’s provocations on the esplanade of the� al-Aqsa Mosque, which
unleashed a second Intifada in 2000. The Israeli government decided that
France, which is home to the largest Jewish community of Europe, was a
necessary and indispensable tool of its policies. The executive arms of
these instances in France was made of the Israeli embassy, the Jewish
Agency and the CRIF, that is, the so-called representative council of
Jewish institutions in France. Their aim is to embark all Jews of France in
a current of unconditional support to all actions of the Israeli
government, including the worst. The CRIF seeks to impose the image of a
totally homogeneous Jewish community in full support of a flawless Zionism
and unequivocal support to the regime’s actions.
The same mission is then pursued within the network of secular Jewish
associations, from which our organization was bound quickly to be ejected
because the orthodoxy says there is no salvation outside Zionism. To
imagine a collectivity of nearly 600,000 French Jews speaking with a single
voice is just as stupid and insane as attributing a similar unanimity to
five or six million Muslims, among whom there are, obviously, religious
observers, secular or otherwise and in varying degrees, and even a few
friends of Zionism! Such reasoning promotes the assimilation, in everyone’s
mind, between Jews and support for Israeli policy whatever it may be. And
this is policy which occupies, colonizes and kills Palestinian Arabs every
Israel’s successive governments have addressed themselves over the same
period of time to French Jews, urging them to leave France, with all its
supposedly anti-semitic Muslims, and make their *aliyah* to Israel.
To complete the picture, there is a family of French intellectuals who
espouse a “clash-of-civilizations” view of the world .Caroline Fourest,
Pierre-Andr� Taguieff, Jacques Tarn�ro, Alain Finkielkraut and others lead
the charge both against Islam and for Zionism. Successive French
governments, for their part, have continually confused legitimate criticism
of Israel and Zionism with anti-semitism and racism. Most French media have
taken up the same chorus. After the massacre of Toulouse in March 2012, on
could even hear some journalists who, when speaking of Israel to Jewish
citizens of France in front of the school targeted by the assassin, called
it “your country”. And let us not forget the Rufin report on racism and
anti-semitism (2004), which called for penalization of anti-Zionism,
described as a new form of anti-semitism.��
Into this trap, many Jews have fallen, given their ties emotional and
familial ties and their identification with Israel, and given Israel’s
history as presented in Zionist mythology. Little by little they have
become the potential “representatives” in France of the Israeli soldier or
the Israeli settler, abandoning their critical judgment in the heat of
increasingly problematic confrontations. They have at the same time
sacrificed their own capacity for empathy with others, including occupied
peoples, people deprived of all their rights and subjected to massacres as
in Gaza last summer. Their only concern is to preserve at any cost this
“small, fragile state surrounded by enemies” and alone capable, they
believe, of protecting them from anti-semitism.�
����������� Any criticism of that state has thus been defined as an act of
anti-semitism; any meeting in solidarity with Palestine becomes a gathering
of fanatics who are seen as a threat to them personally. Local Jewish
communities, at the urging of the CRIF, have thus tried to prohibit such
meetings, thereby reinforcing the animosity against themselves. The vicious
cycle is only reinforced over time; each new attack on the occupied
territories only worsens the tensions and contributes to the syndrome of
sectarian withdrawal.
In these same years, the social crisis has deepened in the working-class
districts where Jews, Arabs and Africans could often be found together in
the same public housing, confronting similar difficulties. In these ghettos
of poverty, the young French post-colonial citizen who undergoes job
discrimination and is prevented from entering certain night clubs because
of his physical appearance, tends to identify with that last
non-decolonized pocket of the Arab world – oppressed Palestine. Sometimes
he wears the keffieh, a symbol of resistance. Each time he seeks to express
his solidarity, his free speech is infringed upon and assimilated to
His wish to take part in political debate is thereby negated, rejected and
likened to racism. He’s designated as the racist one, in addition to having
to undergo racism and social exclusion as a black or an Arab. Little by
little a resentment develops within him against that community which the
government claims to protect against him and the likes of him. (It may be
noted in passing that Jews are recognized as a legitimate community while
the pejorative term “*communautarisme*”, with strong connotations of
“clannishness”, is reserved for others, Muslims in particular.)
And do not wearers of skullcaps also often bear the insignia of the Israeli
paratroopers? They can demonstrate without fear their support for the
Israeli army and its massacres in Gaza, and can even take part in those
actions – the French government and the national press will say the same
nice things about him as about “Operation Protective Edge”. They’re on the
side of the good guys’: they’re white and western and have the law of the
strongest in their favor. Violent groups such as the Jewish Defense League
may insult Palestine and Arabs, beat them up and commit acts of vandalism
and never be brought to justice; the police just watch them and remain
silent, as we witnessed in July 2014 near the synagogue on Paris’ rue de la
Roquette (there are plenty of videos to prove what actually occurred).
����������� At the same time young Arabs were not allowed to demonstrate
for Gaza. We cannot forget that young man who was arrested – like others,
on the basis of his appearance – while on the sidelines of a demonstration
this past summer and as he was leaving for home, simply because he was
wearing a keffieh? He was struck by a police office and was sent
immediately to a hearing before a judge. A journalist from *Lib�ration,*
witness to the scene, saw the young man break into tears before a partial
and inflexible judge and wrote an angry article. The young man was
sentenced to three months in prison and it still today under house arrest
with an electronic bracelet in his outlying suburb.
The French justice system operates with a double standard: stigmatization
for some to the dubious benefit of others, thanks to an official discourse
which depicts the Arab world as the backward, barbaric, terrorist Axis of
Evil, while Israel is a model of democracy; young Arabs and Africans are
painted as potential dangers to society while Jews are a protected
category, fully integrated into a West recently redefined as
Judeo-Christian. Here too is a source of anger.
The powerlessness of those unable to transcend their miserablecondition has
sent hundreds of youths of all horizons – even a handful of Jews it seems –
into the arms of IS and al-Qaeda. Thus the trap closes shut. Jews, reduced
to a homogenous body, will be taken to task for all these injustices,
humiliations, muzzlings, and all that arrogance displayed while under the
protection of successive French governments: don’t touch our Jews, you
eternal foreigners, you barbarians unassimilable into our republic.�
If you can’t harm Israel, some tell themselves, at least you can try to
harm its Jewish supporters. The festering wound of the Palestinian
question, unresolved because the powerful of the world refuse to resolve
it, contributes to the emergence of a desperate and suicidal terrorism.
A powerful mechanism for assigning people to their supposed identities of
origin has arisen in the context of the post-1989 world. The Jews of
Europe, and those of France in particular, have served as footsoldiers in
this new formation.
It is with a sense of gravity that we undertake to remind our fellow Jews
that we are French; we can live at home here and be “happy like Jews in
France” (according to an old saying transformed by historian Elie Barnavi),
and we can achieve this happiness with our fellow citizens of all origins.
The importation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is of your doing
because you have been manipulated into serving an unjust cause. The rising
terrorism of IS and al-Qaeda, against which we must all struggle because it
is a murderous and suicidal dead-end, will require us to wage struggles in
common against *all* forms of racism and exclusion and for the expression
of opinions in all their diversity – including those of Muslim and Jews –
in a spirit of exchange and dialogue. Freedom of expression cannot be
limited to a single world view.

*The National Bureau of the UJFP – France Jewish Union for Peace – 15
January 2015*



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