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PostFreedom of Expression in France (Carmen Negrin, France, 01/10/15 7:24 am)
I totally agree with Randy Black's comments (10 January). Massoud Malek is wrong if he thinks only Muslims are caricatured. Each religion has been caricatured by Charlie at some point. Popes (the representatives of the Catholic God on earth) have also been sodomized in cartoons, and let us not mention the representatives of our countries (this is punishable by law in certain countries, including Spain), and nobody has ever complained. Muslims have not receive a special treatment.
And last but not least, there have been recent convictions in France for inciting hatred. Dieudonné is one of them.
JE comments: Has Charlie Hebdo ever published anti-Semitic or Holocaust denial material? As for the French-Cameroonian comedian Dieudonné, here's the story:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieudonné_M'bala_M'bala
Dieudonné (ironically, God's Gift) has been called the French Louis Farrakhan. His rants would not be tolerated in the US.
Charlie Hebdo and Anti-Semitism
(Carmen Negrin, France
01/11/15 4:17 AM)
As a quick reply to John's question (10 January), Charlie Hebdo made fun of of everyone, including Jews, yes, but there was no Holocaust revisionism, nor anti-Semitism.
JE comments: I've heard reports of France's Jewish citizens leaving the country in large numbers. Can anyone tell us if this is a general trend, or merely an isolated case or two?
Jewish Exodus from France
(Luciano Dondero, Italy
01/11/15 7:04 AM)
When commenting on Carmen Negrín's post of 11 January, John asked about the Jewish emigration from France. According to Wikipedia, "During the Hebrew year 5774 (September 2013-September 2014), for the first time ever, more Jews made Aliyah from France than any other country, with approximately 6,000 French Jews making aliyah, mainly fleeing rampant anti-Semitism, pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist violence and economic malaise, with France becoming the top sending country for aliyah as of late September 2014."
JE comments: I received these links from other WAISers:
from John Heelan (UK):
See http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/21/world/europe/number-of-french-jews-emigrating-to-israel-rises-sharply.html and similar reports.
from Jordi (Spain/Catalonia):
JE comments: The UK and Israel are reportedly the top destinations. After this week's attack on the Kosher grocery store, one can assume this exodus will only increase.
- Jewish Exodus from France (Luciano Dondero, Italy 01/11/15 7:04 AM)