Toulouse Shootings: a Win for Nazis and Zionists

Aftermatch of Jewish School Shooting in Touolouse
Aftermath of Jewish School Shooting

The fallout continues from the recent Toulouse shootings; at the time of writing, a French man of Algerian origin, Mohammed Merah, is under siege by police at his home. Regardless of the motivations behind the attacks, the outcome will be broadly predictable: a strengthening of the racist, moronic right in France and mainland Europe in general, and a win for Zionists. Why? Let’s look at France first.

France, as I’ve reported, is probably the most racist country in Western Europe. Worryingly, this is no recent blip, but seems consistent throughout recent French history. While constitutionally, all citizens are equal, and France has consistently rejected a multicultural approach, in practice, black, Jewish and North African citizens have always found integration difficult, and tend to share the same ghettos. An attack by a North African, one of the most persecuted French groups, would quickly be linked to immigration, boosting the racist right’s claim that there “too many foreigners in France“.

The far-right in France, represented by the National Front, is going through a brand detoxification under its new leader, Marine Le Pen. The National Front regularly polls in the 20% range; additionally a strong racist vote goes to Sarkozy’s right-of-centre UMP, as indicated by Sarkozy’s pandering to racism. Contrast to the UK, where the far-right struggles to gain 5% of the vote, and the strength of race hate in France becomes clear. Anecdotal stories from French friends, both white and brown, strengthen this picture. The French have recovered from any shame they may have felt over their enthusiastic implementation of Nazi anti-Jewish policies, and open racism is again prevalent in the French street.

In summary, the French situation is simple: any race-related attack by anyone will serve to strengthen French fascists.

But Israeli Zionists too will be heartened. The Israeli right has long focused on the anti-Semitism experienced by France’s large Jewish community. While broader Jewish interests would be served by the preservation of what remains of non-Israeli Jewish communities, the Zionist goal is clear: to maximise Israel’s Jewish population in order to strengthen and accelerate the ongoing theft of Palestinian land.

To the Zionist right, the existence of half a million Jews in France is a waste of Jews. Indeed, rather than strengthen and support France’s Jewish community, Zionists (including late PM Ariel Sharon) have often been caught trying to frighten French Jews into migrating to Israel.

As in the 1930s, France has become one of the European strongholds of the racist right. The coming election thus becomes a litmus test of French views: can the National Front increase its vote? Can it again make it through to the second round of voting? If it does, Sarkozy and his previously mainstream UMP will likely strengthen its immigrant-bashing rhetoric in order to shore up its share of the racist vote. France threatens to fall to fascism as it did once before.

6 thoughts on “Toulouse Shootings: a Win for Nazis and Zionists”

  1. In the 1930’s France was not significantly more fascist that its neighbours and in many respects less so. It became convenient to point the finger at France due to the Petain led Vichy capitulation & collaboration. But let us not forget that Belgium, Holland & the Scandinavian states had very enthusiastic Nazi movements.
    Despite periods when the far right appears in the ascendant, France has long been regarded as racially tolerant place. US black jazz musicians flocked to Paris following WW1 and later WW2 because of the lack of restrictions upon them and that the French awarded them far greater status than the USA and UK.
    French Jews are mainly descendants of Jews from France’s former colonies in North Africa that were driven out and found refuge in France. For the most part Jews & Muslims in France are more integrated with one another than is the case for the same communities in UK.

    London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, published an article called “The massacre in Toulouse,” clearly stating that “if this is the action of a right-wing man with a Nazi orientation, then it’s a crazy act that shouldn’t be called ‘an anti-Semitic act’ but ‘an act against humanity.
    If the killer is a violent Muslim extremist, then it’s a crime against humanity and not just against the Jews, but also against Islam and Christians and against all the religions in the world,” the piece noted.

    Despite all the media attention and speeches, I have yet to find one statement by any Israeli politician using this incident to promote migration to Israel. The only statement appear to be from Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France stating that they wont be driven out by violence.

    No one is the winner here, except perhaps Mohamed Merah the killer who got his 5 minutes of fame.

    1. Agree that France was no more fascist than Belgium/Netherlands – however they were also enthusiastic supporters of fascism. The same didn’t apply to the Scandinavian states – at least, not to the same degree.

      Agree again that Jews and Muslims are well integrated with each other (I mentioned this in the article). However, this was because they both face contempt from mainstream France, and are offered little chance to integrate. I have a French Muslim friend in London who is unable to live in France because French companies won’t employ non-white people in skilled roles.

      It’s true again that black Americans found refuge in France; France certainly tolerated them, in comparison with 1940s/1950s USA… however, that’s not much of an achievement! Compare with the atrocious treatment of black people in France today – France, if anything, has become more hateful towards blacks and Arabs since then, while the US has progressed a long way.

      I provided a link to Sharon’s statement encouraging French Jews to migrate. Generally, Zionists are more subtle, but you can bet the talk within synagogues and communities is again about the safety of French Jews.

  2. France’s inter-communal relationships have been complex over the last 150 years. On one hand there has been considerable tolerance, significantly better than most of the western world. On the other there have been examples of appalling prejudice & hatred.
    Unlike the other European powers France did seek to establish communities across France & its colonies based on the revolutionary values of Liberty Equality & Fraternity. This provided significant opportunities for all peoples. In parallel to this as a primarily agrarian and Catholic country is faced considerable challenges as western society rapidly changed in the late 19th C. In post-WW2 France large numbers of refugees arrived from the former colonies and these people assimilated into France relatively well. These immigrants arrived as entire families, often assisted by France to depart. IMO France sat on its laurels thinking that it did not have to proactively seek to integrate migrants, but failed to recognise that the initial waves of migrants were already committed to French values.
    The subsequent migrants from the 1970’s onwards were markedly different, and overwhelmingly single male low skill economic migrants. Although these migrants were attracted by the quality of life that France & its values offered, they did not share in these values and with the rise of militant Islamism were often implacably opposed to them. As they clustered together, centred upon the communities that had been established by the earlier migrants, their introspective stance led to them to confidently express ideas that were an anathema to the general population, and provided ready ammunition for the far right.
    France’s decolonialisation had been very different to that of UK as many ethnic French people had settled in the Maghreb. These people were certainly very embittered at being forced out as the nations achieved independence. The Far Right found a ready constituency among these people and some of the Muslim and Jewish refugee communities. The Harkis and Jewish migrants had been asset stripped prior to their expulsion.
    Mohamed Merah targeted symbols of integration & assimilation into the France of Liberty, Equality & Fraternity and killed people to “punish” them for events over which they have no control or indeed connection. The murdered French soldiers were targeted because they were not white. While Merah may claim that it was an action in response to France’s activities in Afghanistan, this frankly seems more an attempt to legitimise his actions. He repeats this by killing some Jews outside a Jewish school who happen to have the misfortune of being there when Merah pulls up on his motorbike. Although Merah claims this is an action in response to Israel’s actions against Palestinian children, Merah has no way of knowing whether these Jews are Israelis / French or whatever, nor if they are Zionist or anti-Zionist – he simply kills Jews in France.
    Merah is a symptom of a larger problem, that of community leadership. The migrant community leaders have failed in France & elsewhere to engage in internal and external debate about the responsibilities that the community has to participate in the greater national community, and to provide leadership to prevent the spread of fascism among migrant communities. Although there has been justified condemnation of the white far right by a range of communities, it has been overlooked in large part that the far right in the white community is paralleled by the same in migrant communities, and they feed off each other.
    Thus while far right white groups / individuals may and are prosecuted for the dissemination of racist materuial in French, the same texts in Arabic are readily available. While French TV and other media may explore 20th C fascism and the mass murder of the Holocaust, it is evident that these lessons & resulting values have not been brought back by minority community leaders into their own spheres of influence. Part of the problem is that French leadership has assumed that these lessons are universal and that naturally migrant communities share the values.
    French leadership needs to get out there and reiterate the core French values of “Liberty, Equality & Fraternity” and demand that all communities adhere to these if they are to participate within the French nation.

    1. I have to disagree: France is consistently one of the least tolerant societies in Europe.

      I’ve travelled in ex-British and French colonies in Africa. While people in Ghana, Sierra Leone etc. have a generally good view of the British, people in Senegal, Mali etc. have a deep dislike/distrust for the French, and freely label them a racist culture. What fascinates me is how two such (apparently) similar countries as UK and France have such different relationships with their ex-colonies and their immigrant populations. I’m never a flag-flying British patriot, but Britain’s ability to peacefully integrate minorities is something to be proud of. France stands as a reminder of the alternative.

      I do completely agree: France’s revolutionary ideal of “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” needs to reach society. It seems that it never has – minorities in France have never been accepted as French, and that seems to be worsening rather than improving.

  3. you are so brave to completely overlook the tragedy involved here and use it as an opportunity to lump zionists & the far right together, while criticizing jews to boot. how brave.

  4. Wow, the writer of this blog seems to use “zionists” in the same way that neo-nazis do, instead of using it for what it means. Zionism just means the Jewish people having a homeland, which as of 60+ years ago, they do. It doesn’t mean settlements, or expanding, or anything sinister.

    This blog entry appears to just be yet another stab at Jews/Israelis, instead of attacking jihad terrorists who blow up innocent people and seek Israel’s destruction.

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