Nope, if the boycott would have been decided in 1936, it would have been fine. And by the way I don't criticize the decision to boycott per se, I just say that the strategy was a mistake in 1933...It allowed the Nazis to point out that they were right saying that the Jews were Germany's enemies, it fueled the dirty propaganda, at a time where no real anti-Semitic measures had been taken yet...Does not mean that the Nazi were not anti-Semites. But surely, the mobilization in the USA, the big demonstrations in NY, the show at Madison SG did not help the German Jew.
As for Dieudonne, the debate should not concentrate on his personality or his convictions, but on how the powers reacted and are still reacting. And it is getting crazy.
The quenelle is 9 years old, and some "experts" decided that it was a Nazi salute a couple of weeks ago. Beside the gesture, there is a hymn, kind of, saying "Francois la sens-tu qui se glisse dans ton cul, la quenelle..." on the music of the famous song of the Partisans. kind of hard to translate, but it would be like "Francois (the president) can you feel it sweeping in your ass, la quenelle"...It targets the president and lots of french personalities, some of them Jews. The meaning was settled by a decision of Justice a couple of years ago…That the gesture was used against Jews and Jewish symbol does not change its original meaning. If one says “Fuck you” to a Jew, it still means “fuck you”, and does not become a Nazi expression.
The question is why anti-Semitism is gaining force in France, and why France is a specific case.
StatMec, sorry if I offended you when I say that maybe you don't know the specificities of France regarding this case...you told me that you did not speak the language...so...
Anyway, France is a very special case indeed.
First, until 1995, only the "Free France", the one of de Gaulle, was recognized as the French State...The Vichy regime was as a consequence delegitimized. It is Free France that signed the treaties of San Francisco, that took part at the IMT, etc.
Vichy France was to be forgotten as unrepublican and unconstitutional...That was the position of Charles de Gaulle and of every French president up to socialist Francois Mitterand. The last one when asked if France had to apologize for any responsibilities in the Shoah, he clearly stated "NO" adding that this question was an “appeal to hatred”.
One has to keep in mind that this position is the base of the Republic (which is a political regime). Unlike the USA, the Republic is supposed to only recognize citizens which are equal. It is a laic state that, since 1905, does only accept religion as a private matter. It is the contrary of the “communitarism” in vogue in the USA…You are not supposed to be Jew, Muslim, catholic,etc. You have to be a citizen, equal to others.
When in 1995, president Chirac recognized the State of France responsibility in the Shoah – and I don’t want to argue with the validity of that claims (basically I agree) – it was a revolution full of unexpected consequences:
- The first one was the more dramatic, it gave a legitimacy to the Vichy regime, given the status of State of France. In consequence, Free France was not the only France…the other one was also! Suddenly, the following French presidents were not only the successor of de Gaulle, but also of Petain.
- Once the responsibility recognized, it was time for reparation. It gave a new Status to the Jews in France. They became official victims of France. France is in debt to them.
But France has a long past, a long colonial ones…many other victims could then ask for the same treatment…
It was a breach in the Republican pact, to the social contract so to speak. The Jews were given rights and money that had always had been denied to other.
It opened a new dynamic though. As I said the annual dinner party of the CRIF (the main Jewish organization in France) became a MUST GO for every member of the political class, for every President of the Republic who has to declare his friendship to the Jew, but also to Israel.
This is where things go wrong. Only 0.7% of the French population is Jews, 20% comes from their former colonies, African and Arabs. No one goes to their organization's annual dinner party.
The important thing here is that it is not republican.
At one of the Criff dinner party, president Sarkozy proposed that each little French child from CM2 (11-12 years old) to adopt one child victim of the Shoah. Public money were made available to produce very bad movies like “la raffle” or “Elle s’appelait Sarah”…
Since 1995, every president of the French republic has to ask for forgiveness at the commemoration of the “raffle du Val d’hiv”, but none ever asked to forgive France for its “guerre du riff”, for its colonial past or for its “Police operation in Algeria”…
This attitude just don’t fit with the Republican regime which is in crisis. Far from seeing it, the new elite are continuing.
In France today there is an official ceremony for the deportation of 300 Jews from Bordeaux.
This is the context in which Dieudonne evolves. You mentioned the visit of faurisson on his Stage…but that was in 2008, five years after his problem started…the show was called “j’ai fait le con” (“ I fucked up”), and the so-to speak sketch was about Faurisson being the only one that was superior to him in the un-respectability chart. It was not funny, it was even aggressive and stupid. But it was not against the law.
But it is important to stress out that his problems started when he did a bad sketch of an extremist Israeli colonist…The media went wild, one tried to forbid his show that had nothing anti-Semitic in it…on the contrary it targeted religious fanatics which inspired the 9/11 (“la fine equipe du 11 septembre” or “The fine squad of the 9/11)…
Since then, it never stopped…The IRS made 8 inquiries on him. Basically the hell fell on him. I basically don’t care if he deserves it or not. Yes he certainly became anti-Semitic along the way. The important point is that the strategy used to fight anti-Semitism does not work, worse it is counter-productive. The memorial approach, the perpetual promotion of being the “top martyr of all time”, has clearly shown its limits- as shown by your google search illustration. Today people do not care about the Shoah. Poverty has stepped in France, people are scared and angry, and the elite just don’t see it.
It is 1788 all over again.