His­to­rian sued over ‘Arab hate’ com­ment

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY SHIRLI SITBON

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.

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