Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Solidarity with Murad and Munir

Dror Mishani has an excellent op-ed in Ha'aretz today discussing the way the riots in France have been spun by those trying to advance an anti-Muslim and anti-Arab agenda. (He writes specifically about this phenomenon in Israel, but it is certainly not limited to Israel.) In its closing he writes:
This is a fateful time of trial for this left and for the values it represents. As opposed to the riots of May 1968, this time the struggle is not being led by students of philosophy and literature, and it is not taking place at the attractive square of the Sorbonne. This time those taking to the streets are young men named Murad and Munir, and the struggle is taking place in the gloomy suburbs around Paris, Marseilles and Rouen. And if the old French left will know how to reject the great hatred and fear of Muslims and Islam (the United States, of course, rushed to warn its citizens not to go to the "battle areas"), will recognize the fact that this struggle is not about Muslim occupation of Europe, but about economic and social equal rights, and will once again demonstrate its famous solidarity, these riots could be the beginning of new hope for all the leftist movements - hope for a truly multicultural Europe. If not, not only France, but the entire world, will remain only with the realm of values represented by U.S. President George W. Bush, and with our big talkers, who know that "that's what happens when there are too many Muslims."

Better coverage of the riots in today's (Nov. 9) WaPo and NYTimes, Alex. And for those who want some insight into the lives of the Buer in France, watch Le Grand Voyage, Ismael Ferroukhi's wonderful fim.

Aunt Deb
yeah, and yesterday's editorial in the post was talkin' some sense.

will have to rent le grand voyage some time.
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