“OWhere is the left? » The indignant voice of the historian and essayist Marc Knobel rises in the Colbert room of the National Assembly. A silence is required. Some eyes focus on the imposing painting representing Jean Jaurès on the podium addressing Clemenceau. Then, under the stern gaze of Jaurès, Marc Knobel continues solemnly: “Any compromise on this subject would be marked with the seal of infamy. » He is generously applauded by the 200 people who came to attend, Monday September 11, this conference on the “new clothes of anti-Semitism” organized by Renaissance deputies Mathieu Lefèvre and Caroline Yadan.
These two hours of discussions, punctuated by three round tables – “conspiracy and hatred of Jews”, “hatred of Israel and hatred of Jews” and “Islamism and hatred of Jews” – offer a fairly complete picture of the progression of anti-Semitism in France. They also serve as a reminder, with precise figures and supporting factual data, that a shift has occurred: the “Corbyn left” seems to have supplanted the “Jaurès left”. As a reminder, the English MP Jeremy Corbyn was excluded from the Labor Party, of which he was the leader, because of his complacency vis-à-vis anti-Semitic remarks in his own party.
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