Thursday, April 17, 2008

Publish and perish


By Eric Walberg | Axis of Logic, Apr 16, 2008, 09:08

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The thought police are haunting Europe, says Eric Walberg

A French civil servant was sacked in late March for publishing what has been widely reported as a “violent anti-Israeli diatribe” on the oumma.com website, a crime that was investigated by no less than Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie. Bruno Guigue, deputy prefect of Saintes, wrote that Israel was “the only state where snipers shoot down little girls outside their school gates.” The author of several books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Guigue also wrote of “Israeli jails where — thanks to religious law — they stop torturing on the Sabbath.”

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Russian-Israeli author Israel Shamir told Al-Ahram Weekly. “There are thousands of people sentenced and imprisoned for similar ‘crimes’, mainly in Germany and Austria, more than all the dissidents ever imprisoned in Soviet Russia. The majority of these cases never reach public awareness.”

That a lowly sous-prefet became the subject of the interior minister’s personal intervention for stating the above is astounding, just one example of the heavy hand of the Israeli lobby in Europe. Bruno Guigue’s real “crime”, it’s quite clear, was to criticise the state of Israel.

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