His­to­rian cleared

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A PARIS court ac­quit­ted French his­to­rian Ge­orges Ben­sous­san of in­cite­ment to ha­tred against Mus­lims last week.

Mr Ben­sous­san (be­low), edi­tor of the magazine Shoah His­tory Re­view, was sued by sev­eral anti-racist groups for say­ing in a ra­dio de­bate in Oc­to­ber 2015 that “in French Arab fam­i­lies, ba­bies suckle an­ti­semitism with their mother’s milk”.

Mr Ben­sous­san said he was quot­ing an Al­ge­rian scholar.

The court ruled that Mr Ben­sous­san “can­not be ac­cused of stig­ma­tis­ing the en­tire Mus­lim com­mu­nity” be­cause he said in the same de­bate that he was “only re­fer­ring to a seg­ment of that com­mu­nity, the Salafists or peo­ple un­der their in­flu­ence”.

“I feel joy after this ac­quit­tal be­cause for the first time since the de­bate took place 16 months ago I heard in­tel­li­gent rea­son­ing. The judges an­a­lysed the case deeply and lis­tened to the de­bate.

Their con­clu­sion was that I never in­tended to stig­ma­tise France’s

Mus­lims and Arabs and never im­plied they were an­tisemitic by na­ture,” Mr Ben­sous­san told the JC.

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