Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.
This is what happened in the ‘30s, when France’s most important writer, anti-Semite Louis Ferdinand Céline, published a book titled “Bagatelles pour un massacre” (Trifles for a Massacre).
A pogrom took place in Paris during a week of dramatic anti-Semitic attacks.
Two black men wielding a stun gun assaulted an Israeli man near a synagogue on Pavee Street in Marais, which once was the center of Jewish life in Paris. The man was knocked down by the gun.
A few hours before that, teenagers hurled stones at a Jewish institution in Sarcelles and shouted “death to Jews”, while a Jewish school bus was pelted with stones.
Several people chanted anti-Semitic slogans at a Jewish woman near a Jewish center in Strasbourg, including “Merah max”, referring to Mohammed Merah, the Islamist who killed four Jews at a school in Toulouse.
Then a young Jewish woman, who was wearing a Star of David, was assaulted in a suburb of Lyon by a mother and daughter of Arab descent. “Dirty Jew, go home to your country, Israel”, the daughter shrieked at Candace while striking her.
Last but not least, a Jewish man belonging to the Chabad movement was beaten on a Paris metro train by four Arabs. One of them told him: “Jew, we are going to lay into you, you have no country”.
Anti-Semitism lived in the French underground until it connected with the masses. Then it became a public disease.
This is what happened in the ‘30s, when France’s most important writer, anti-Semite Louis Ferdinand Céline, published a book titled “Bagatelles pour un massacre” (Trifles for a Massacre), a 400-page diatribe against the Jews planning to wage another world war against the “naive Aryans”. Céline had contempt for what he called the Jewish artists and writers:
“They have to deputize, fiddle, pillage all the time, suck their neighbours, the native inhabitants in order to maintain themselves . . . The Jews are disastrously lacking in direct, spontaneous emotion ... They talk instead of experiencing ... They reason before feeling ... In truth, they don’t feel anything . . . They boast about themselves”.
Céline, the genius of French literature, in 1939, published this call for Jews to disappear from France: “We will finish off the Jews, or we will die because of the Jews”. The trains then began to transport the French Jews to Auschwitz and Sobibor.
Anti-Semitism and French masses are connecting again under the influence of people like Dieudonné. If Cèline fomented a war against the Jews in the French high culture and middle class, Dieudonné got his anti-Semitic constituency out in the banlieues, the Islamic masses allied with the non-Islamist French leftist élite.
Don’t forget that France’s most important literary prize, the Goncourt, is named after an anti-Semite.
Ten years ago, one million Frenchmen took the streets to protest against anti-Semitism. Now you have three million French on Facebook and Twitter who are supporting Dieudonné.
A sour rain is falling, once again, on the heads of French Jews. People feel justified again to lynch them in the middle of Paris during the daylight hours.
Jews, leave France before it is too late. Israel is waiting for you.