EuroPundits points to this interesting interview with French philosopher Alain Finkelkraut in Le Figaro.
Finkelkraut is right that the far left and the far right in France are starting to become more and more anti-Semitic as they become more and more anti-Israel until the lines between the two are beginning to blend. Both the far-left Greens in France and the far-right Front National have both seized on condemnations of Israel that have quickly become justifications for genocide.
What is especially interesting about Finkelkraut is that he’s no sycophant to the United States. He speaks against the US’ Cold War policy in very clear and vociferous terms, but he also realizes that the ideologies of the left have begun to embrace the oldest hatred.
He sees continental anti-Semitism (and certainly France isn’t the only country guilty of fostering anti-Semitism) as being an outgrowth of anti-Zionism. The logic is this: that as one becomes more vehement in one’s criticism of Zionism the rhetoric has become little more than justification for those who kill innocent Israelis in inhuman attacks.
Indeed conversations about Israel always center around Israel’s supposed and real sins, as if Israel’s actions exist in a vacuum and are not in response to terror.
Nothing Israel does justifies the murder of innocent Israeli schoolchildren, any more than France’s colonial past would justify Africans murdering French citizens. Yet the continental left seems to reserve all their criticism for Isreal and cannot seem to condemn the actions of groups like Hamas and Hizb’Allah that openly advocate the complete destruction of the Jewish people in Israel and elsewhere.
In the end, such a position is one that justifies anti-Semitism. If one cannot condemn genocide and the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Hamas, then one is providing a tacit justification for such barbarous acts. While Israel’s policy is certainly ripe for criticism, there is no policy that any government can make that justifies the deliberate and cold-blooded murder of hundreds of innocent civilians. Once one provides such a justification, they invite those who disagree with them to use the same methods.