On August 2, 2017, Israeli historian Shlomo Sand wrote an Open Letter to French president Emmanuel Macron after listening to his knee-jerk statement to please his guest Benjamin Netanyahu, a serial liar and war criminal.
In the letter, Sand thanked Macron for admitting French Holocaust guilt: “In the light of the long tradition of political leaders, both Left and Right, past and present, who have denied France’s participation and responsibility in the deportation of Jewish-origin people to the death camps, I was grateful that you instead took a clear position, without any ambiguity: yes, France is responsible for the deportation, yes there was antisemitism in France before and after the Second World War,” Shlomo said.
But Sand criticized Macron for inviting Benjamin Netanyahu at the 75th anniversary of deportation of French Jews from Velodrome d’Hiver. He said that Netanyahu was not in the position to represent Nazi Holocaust victims because he himself has been committing Palestinian Holocaust.
“I was rather annoyed by the fact that you invited Benjamin Netanyahu. He should without doubt be ranked in the category of oppressors, and so he cannot parade himself as a representative of the victims of yesteryear,” said Shlomo.
Shlomo, however, lauded Emmanuel Macron’s courage to admit that French colonial rule in Algeria was a crime against humanity.
Sand challenged Macron’s statement that anti-Zionism is the reinvented form of antisemitism, saying: “Was this statement intended to please your guest, or is it purely and simply a marker of a lack of political culture? Have you read so few history books that you do not know that many Jews or descendants of Jewish heritage have always opposed Zionism, without this making them antisemites?”.
“And finally I wonder if you seriously expect of the Palestinians that they should not be anti-Zionists!,” Sand asked Macron.
On March 30, 2016, American Jewish columnist and author, Peter Beinart wrote at Israeli daily Haaretz that anti-Zionism is not antisemitism.
Then Sand reminds Macron, a former employee of Rothschild bank, what Lord Nathaniel Rothschild wrote in his letter to the father of the World Zionist movement, Theodor Herzl in 1903: “I’m anxious about the plan to establish a Jewish colony; it would be a ghetto within a ghetto with all the prejudices of a ghetto. A Jewish state would be small and petty, Orthodox and illiberal, and keep out Muslims and the Christians. We might conclude that Rothschild’s prophecy was mistaken. But one thing is for sure: he was no anti-Semite!”
Some readers may not know who is Shlomo Sand. He is Jewish history professor at Tel Aviv University and author of books such as, The Invention of Jewish People, The Invention of the Land of Israel, and How I ceased to be a Jew. He was born in Austria (Theodor Herzl’s birth place) to German Jew parents who naturally claimed to be Holocaust survivors. However, as being Orthodox Jews, they refused to accept compensation from West Germany. His parent migrated to Jaffa in 1948 after 95% of the port-city’s 120,000 Palestinian population was forced to flee by the European Jew terrorist militias.