It is morbidly fascinating to me that if you are sympathetic to the plight of the Jews you are immediately labeled a Jew or a tool of the infamous "Jewish lobby." This report out of Algiers on the antisemitic attacks on French Sarkozy are a clear indication of just how bad things are getting for the Jews. Just for knowing, Sarkozy is not Jewish. His grandfather, a Sephardi Jew by birth, was a convert to Catholicism, and Sarkozy was raised a Catholic, (not that it should matter, but it does).
Sarkozy faces antisemitic jibes in Algeria JC.com hat tip wolf
French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s first official visit to Algeria this week was overshadowed after he became the target of antisemitic insults.
Only a few days prior to the visit, Algerian minister Mohamed Cherif Abbés claimed in the El–Khabar newspaper that Mr Sarkozy had been elected through the manoeuvres of “the Jewish lobby” and made reference to the president’s Jewish origins.
The Algerian authorities refused to apologise for the assault, and Socialist leaders Jean-Christophe Cambadélis and Pierre Moscovici pleaded for a rescheduling of the trip, stating the attack was “intolerable”.
However, Mr Sarkozy decided to push forward with the meeting, attempting to consolidate tense bilateral ties and to sign $5 billion (£2.5bn) of energy deals.
Mr Abbés’s comments were not the first antisemitic attacks launched against Mr Sarkozy. Extremist leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has pointed at Mr Sarkozy’s ancestors, saying “he is Jewish through his mother”, and several weeks ago Mr Sarkozy was even accused of spying for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service. But Mr Abbés’s assault was the first public antisemitic attack made by an Algerian official and was followed by the Algerian authorities’ refusal to allow entrance to one of Mr Sarkozy’s guests on the visit, a French-Jewish singer of Algerian descent, Enrico Macias. The French Jewish umbrella group CRIF said it was “disgusted” by these decisions.
The whole thing is disgusting