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Feb 21 2019

NY Times Spins Yellow Vest Movement as Racist

You know France’s Yellow Vest movement must be on the right track, or the New York Times would not be trying to discredit it with contrived accusations of anti-Semitism:

As Alain Finkielkraut, one of France’s leading essayists and critics from the right, walked by a Yellow Vest demonstration, protesters at its edge shouted insults widely condemned as anti-Semitic. …

By Monday, the affair had snowballed into another episode of anguished national soul-searching over the problem of persistent anti-Semitism in France, and the evolution of the Yellow Vest movement from gas-tax protest to violent street revolt with hints of menace and hooliganism.

It is hardly surprising that New York Times propagandists would regard a revolt triggered by a global warming tax as a menace. They confront this menace as you would expect: by accusing it of racism.

Finkielkraut, the son of an Auschwitz survivor and a member of the Académie Française, one of the country’s oldest cultural institutions, is a polarizing figure. His views on politics and France’s immigrants put him well to the right in the country’s political spectrum.

Yet he was heckled by the Gilets Jaunes. That must be because the “economic resentments” of the Yellow Vest movement “elide with anti-Semitism,” as the Times puts it.

Or maybe there is a real reason.

Finkielkraut regularly inveighs, on a popular weekly radio program, against what he considers the lack of respect for traditional French culture in France’s immigrant communities. He has lamented the incursion of these communities into hitherto all-French zones, and often speaks out about the anti-Semitism in France’s Muslim suburbs.

Some of the virulence directed at him Saturday could perhaps be explained by these positions, though analysts said there was no doubt that anti-Semitism also played a role. The Yellow Vest movement has been criticized for its lack of diversity and for not raising the problems of longstanding poverty in France’s heavily immigrant suburbs, or banlieues.

That steaming load is as close as the piece comes to admitting that the resurgence in anti-Semitism in France does not come from the Gilets Jaunes; it comes from the Muslim colonists infesting the banlieues.

Submersed in hogwash about how people who don’t want to be taxed to death in the name of the global warming hoax must be racists is another small clue as why someone shouted bad things at Finkielkraut:

One man was particularly virulent: Tugging at a sort of kaffiyeh scarf, he yelled: “France belongs to us! Damn racist! You are a hatemonger. You are going to die. You are going to hell. God will punish you. The people will punish you. Damn Zionist!”

Tugging on a kaffiyeh? Shouting about Zionists? Now we are getting somewhere. Smells a little like what the piece breezily dismisses as “the so-called new anti-Semitism of the country’s Muslim suburbs.”

This puts shouting “France belongs to us” into a context that contradicts the Times spin. He means France belongs to Muslims. Advancing that opinion is not exactly the main thrust of the Yellow Vest movement, which opposes Islamic colonization.

Rather than shovel through the Times’ leftist B.S. to uncover what is really going on, readers are directed to a French source, which confirms that the heckling of Finkielkraut largely came from a radical Islamist known to the police. Here he is on video:

So he was wearing a yellow vest. As we learned from initial reporting of the Jussie Smollett hoax, it isn’t hard to dupe the media when it wants to be duped.

On a tip from Tim H.

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