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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #256 (Dec) - Jewish and Jewish revolutionary: "Antisemitism is a structural element of French society" (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:47:41 +0200
In March of the dignity of October 31, 2015 (see also page suivvante), a few dozen people
marched behind a banner "Jewish revolutionaries and Jews." It was the first appearance in
the street Young eponymous collective. Meeting with Elijah, one of the activists and
founders of the Parisian collective. ---- What JJR? What are your goals ? ---- We are a
group of people of the Jewish national minority, we have two objectives. First, the
emergence of the revolutionary movement in the fight against anti-Semitism as an
anti-racist struggle and also within reach of the Jewish minority of people who want to
actively fight against anti-Semitism and who are faced with a political vacuum. We also
want to fight against reactionary ideas and reflexes within our own minority.
Your lyrics often include many historical references, why is it important to you?
We are not in a culturalist approach or with the ambition to live a righteous history to
folklore. We analyze the past to understand the present. We say that "the past is gone
nowhere." Those who think that anti-Semitism does not exist or is marginal and those who,
instead, theorize a "new antisemitism", tell us that there was a break in this case. On
the contrary, we believe that history repeats itself, with a current situation which may
be compared in many ways to the colonial era with a bourgeoisie that seems to favor the
Jewish minority with the effect of "disappearing" in the eyes of the oppressed -es, to
divert anti-capitalist feelings toward a fantasized Jewish community. Yesterday Drumont
today Soral, things do not change that much.
Sometimes you are criticized for using the term "Jewish national minority". What do you mean ?
I think the accusations come from misunderstanding of the term. We do not say that the
Jews and the Jewish form a minority nation. We say that French society is based on a
national novel itself based on a "national majority" fantasy, which would be white,
European and Christian. We believe that there is also the blow of national minorities, who
oppose this majority, which will never be "natural" members of the French nation, whose
allegiance will always be called into question and whose shares, including policies, will
be read in connection with this non-membership of the national majority. We wrote a more
comprehensive text on the subject.
In a few words, what is anti-Semitism for you today in 2015?
Anti-Semitism is a structural element of French society, the French national novel. This
is a structural oppression, as well as all forms of racism. It is an oppression that can
be violent and brutal as soft or "funny". This results in the dieudonniste vocabulary that
is quite present in all strata of society, this also results in discrimination in hiring
and housing and of course attacks or assassinations.
And for Zionism? Are you doing a particular analysis as Jews and Jewish?
We believe that Zionism is a headlong bourgeois front. We think this is a poor response to
anti-Semitism. The aim of Zionism is to protect Jews and Jewish, while in contrast the
ideology isolates them from the other oppressed and are therefore the game of the
bourgeoisie. Moreover, Zionism today is the desire to maintain the state of Israel as a
Jewish state and as "the Jewish State". It is considered that the place of Jews and Jewish
in Israel, this is our home, our second or first home. For us, instead of Jewish and Jews
is no more there than here, and each one has the right to live where they wish. Finally,
it is clear that Zionism in practice it is the oppression of the Palestinians and we are
opposed to colonialism whatsoever - in Palestine, as in Kurdistan, Western Sahara, Kanaky
or Tibet, for example - the name of our Jewish and universalist ethics.
How was your first appearance?
There were good and less good. We have three appearances for the moment under our belt: an
intervention in a conference against racism, our procession to march for dignity and a
public meeting in a Parisian militant place to introduce ourselves. The conference has
generally gone well despite some remarks rather limits the margins of it. The March of
dignity was more mixed in the sense that we have received a lot of encouragement but also
more openly antisemitic invective and a person making a scoop in front of our banner (we
made it clear the picture and have spree of the demo). Finally, our public meeting
received a lot of threats and insults from extreme right-wing Zionists, who also tried to
attack, but it was a great success, exceeding our expectations in terms of number of
people present and made contact.
You make the choice of single-sex organization. Why is this important?
In the same way that women organize themselves, we believe that if we do not carry this
fight, nobody will do it for us. We believe that the emancipation of the oppressed-es will
be the work of the oppressed themselves are, we accept support with great pleasure, but
believe that our experience of antisemitism allows us to better fight. We also think that
to talk to members of the Jewish minority, have a common experience helps us. Our voice on
the reactionary ideas that are typical to it (such as Zionism) is stronger and less
perceived as an assault by Jewish and Jews. Our commitment to JJR is not an end in itself
but a tool, a strategy for achieving equality. As we organize a social class basis to
abolish social classes, we organize a social race to abolish basic social races.
What is the role of the revolutionary left organizations in your fight? What do you expect
We have for the moment no group to group relationship with revolutionary organizations.
However, we have more personal contact with certain to be members or relatives. We belong
to the revolutionary movement, just as they, therefore we invite them to our initiatives
and support us, as the March of the dignity and our public meeting. Our role is also to
help the deconstruction reflexes and anti-Semitic tendencies present in the revolutionary
Interview by François Dalemer (AL Paris Sud)
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