Historian sued over ‘Arab hate’ comment
FRENCH JEWISH scholar Georges Bensoussan is being sued by Muslim anti-racism groups for saying in a radio debate: “In French Arab families, babies suckle antisemitism with their mothers’ milk.”
Mr Bensoussan, who is the editor of the magazine The Shoah History Review, said he was roughly quoting Algerian sociologist Smain Laacher, but the groups suing him claim his statements amounted to incitement to hatred.
In a Paris court last week, Mr Bensoussan argued that many Muslim scholars “have said the same things that I have but they’re not being sued”.
The judge read out a study showing that the far-right and Muslims tend to have antisemitic beliefs.
“Georges Bensoussan is not a bigot… He’s denouncing a problem that exists. All those who cherish democracy should thank him,” said retired Professor Elisabeth de Fontenay.