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.