Boycott Watch
June 6, 2004
Chirac: Thanks to everyone, except Jews.
Summary: Summary: French President Chirac snubs Jews and shows bias in his 60th anniversary of D-Day speech
June 6, 2004
The 60th anniversary of D-Day

   Anti-Semitism is rampant in Europe and resembles a runaway train in France, where Jews are afraid to display any religious symbols in public for fear of being physically attacked. It is so bad that France is at the point where it is not uncommon to hear about Jewish headstones desecrated at cemeteries, including those World War II heroes who gave their lives to liberate France from the Nazis.

   That being the case, one would think that French President Jacques Chirac would want to take steps to stop anti-Semitism from festering in his country. Unfortunately, the opposite occurred at the 60th D-Day memorial ceremony in Normandy, France, where US President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac spoke about the valiant men who liberated France. In his speech, Chirac mentioned the rows of crosses representing our fallen heroes. What Chirac failed to mention were the stars of David, representing the Jews who died on that very same beach. President Bush, on the other hand, did mention both crosses and stars of David.

   In his speech, Chirac thanked the United States and then spoke about how France was eternally thankful to the US for liberating and providing freedom to France. One has to ask if those thanks extended to Jewish soldiers, whom Chirac conveniently left out of his speech.

   Perhaps I am reading too much into Chirac's lack of words. Perhaps Bush mentioned Jews only because Chirac failed to. One thing is clear though: Chirac had a great opportunity to show the world that France appreciates the great contribution also made by Jews in the liberation of France and did not do so. Is the anti-Semitism in France something Chirac is either unwilling to confront or is not interested in stopping.

   These questions about President Chirac arise at a time when he has been insisting that France take part in negotiations for the creation of a Palestinian state. Since third party involvement in any conflict resolution should come from those apparently neutral and fair, Mr. Chirac, in his disregard for Jews, has made his participation suspect.

E-Mail This Page to a Friend
Enter the recipient's e-mail address:

(Click here to return to top of page)
 ©2004 Boycott Watch