From the European Jewish Press:
Le Pen to be sued over gas chamber statements
By David Dahan Updated: 30/Nov/2005 16:53
French anti-racist organizations are planning to sue Jean-Marie Le Pen, the French extreme-right party leader after he again dismissed the Nazi gas chambers as “a detail”.
Le Pen made the renewed comments during an interview on the BBC’s Hardtalk show which focused on the recent riots in France’s suburbs.
He had originally caused anger amongst Jews and anti-racism campaigners alike when he first made a similar comment in 1987.
During the one-on-one interview Stephen Sackur, the show’s host, recalled that less than a year ago Le Pen “described the Nazi occupation of France as ’not particularly inhuman’" and “the holocaust as a mere detail of history,”
Le Pen jumped to his own defence. "That’s not the same thing. No, I didn’t say that. I shall tell you exactly what I said. I said the gas chambers were a detail of the history of the World War," he replied.
"And this is true. None of the leaders - Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin or De Gaulle - ever mentioned the gas chambers in their memoirs," the far right leader added.
In 1987, Le Pen stated on RTL radio that the Nazi gas chambers were "detail of WWII history." At the time he was condemned by a French court to pay a 183,200 euros fine, because of the mistake he made in "trivializing" the persecutions perpetrated by the Nazis.
Speaking about immigrants in France and their difficulties of finding jobs, Le Pen pointed out that "these people have a reputation for being fairly incompetent in work, being aggressive, and often being hostile.”
Le Pen added that there was no need of being "surprised to find that employers tend not to recruit them, in preference to people of French descent."
When Sackur replied to him that when he would "say things like that it’s not hard to see why a majority in France see you as a racist and an Anti-Semite."
SOS Racisme, UEJF, the French Union of Jewish Students, the Licra, the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism, and the MRAP, the Movement against Racism and for Friendship among the peoples sued Jean-Marie Le Pen for maintening his gas chambers comments being a "detail of WWII history."
"We are scandalized, it is unbelievable that the leaders of the Front National continue to declare that gas chambers are just a detail of history," Marilou Jampolsky, SOS Racisme spokesperson told EJP.
Um, OK, then they're "not a detail of History." Is that better? What thought must we have about this detail, er, matter? What if we just think that it's a "detail" but don't tell anyone? Or what if we just write it in our diaries? What if we mumble the words "they are a detail of History" in our sleep? What if we say that, but then immediately follow up with "Just kidding!"
"The fact that it is a repeat offence and that he had been condemned in the past for such statements, this affaire will go quicker and the condemnation will be heavier," she added.
He has been a very naughty boy!
"Le Pen confirms and validates the anti-Semitic and revisionist nature of the Front National. These statements are not only extremely grave but they were held abroad in order to avoid the French legislation and to send a European message to all the revisionists in Europe," Mouloud Aounit, the MRAP Chairman said. BBC response
Bridget Osborne, Hardtalk producer told EJP that the BBC did not want to do a sensationalist show, "we interviewed Le Pen because he was the second most important candidate in France during the 2002 presidential elections," she said.
"I do not see the difference between saying ’the Holocaust was a detail of history’ and saying that ’gas chambers was a detail of history’," she added.
Either way, off with his head!
"Through the interview, Stephen tried to show the inconsistency of Le Pen rhetoric and I think he has done a pretty good job."
On Tuesday, the French socialist party expressed its "indignation" in regard to Le Pen’s gas chambers statement.
Contacted by EJP, the CRIF, the French Jewish umbrella organization, refused to comment on Le Pen statement, "in order not to give him publicity."
Look, Le Pen obviously is suffering from the "virus of antisemitism." How can he help himself?! Do we torture people with AIDS or SARS?
Meanwhile, I remind you that you can say ANYTHING -- even the grossest, most obvious lie -- about Jesus Christ and His Church. You can make movies about it, write books about it, air your nonsense of publicly-funded television. You can be sacrilegious and blasphemous. You can say Mary Magdalen was Our Lord's love toy. But what you can not do is say "it was 3 million, not 6" or that "the 'Holocaust' was just a detail of History, one horrible episode of violence among many episodes of violence." Think about that.
Bottom line: they want post-Temple Jews to be seen as "the suffering servant." They want to replace Christ as the focal point and centerpiece of History. Getting you to believe this is the very heart of the use of the "antisemite" slur. It is a matter of dogma.