The latest book by Carmen Callil, Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland meticulously details the actions of Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, the Vichy official who organized the deportation of French Jews to Auschwitz.
Callil's hypothesis goes astray as she decided to comment on the Israeli-Palestinian dynamic, saying that Palestinians are all oppressed by Israelis.
Consequently, the French Embassy in New York canceled a party in honor of her book. Callil told Reuters that the party was canceled after complaints from "fundamentalist Jews."
In addition, a source at the French Embassy's New York office told Reuters the embassy objected to the author's "opinion … equating what was done to the Jews of France (under the Nazi regime) with what has been done to the Palestinian people."
Bruce Kesler, a blogger for the Democracy Project, writes in response to Callil's characterization of Jews as fundamentalists that she "exposes her politicized leftist conception of the world by using the term 'fundamentalist' as a negative description of anyone of publicly held religious faith, or to the right of themselves with attachment to fundamental first principles."
Conversely, in his latest book Betrayal: France, the Arabs and the Jews, David Pryce-Jones explains France's decision to support totalitarian, terrorist leaders, as he writes, "by supporting Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat, France hoped to lever itself into the position of mastery in the Middle East that has been a goal for such a long time."
This is yet another example of how deep the notion is that Israel treats Palestinians in the same fashion that Jews were treated during the Holocaust; this idea has metastasized in the Europe of 2006, and most specifically, in France.
Though it was originally promulgated in Russia, in a sense, France is the birthplace of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. These Protocols are a fictitious document — most of it is plagiarized from a French book that had nothing to do with Jews.
They act as if they are real minutes of meetings of a secret international Jewish government — the so-called "Elders of Zion" — that is planning to take over the world.
This is obviously a politicized document, presenting a Jewish conspiracy to achieve world domination aimed at replacing all legitimate governments by one Jewish leader, from the House of David, who would rule the whole world.
Can't Ignore the Threat
All of the above issues fall under the rubric of the Holocaust-denial conference held recently by the Iranian regime.
The danger of this gathering — as well as the amount and type of coverage it's received — is the idea that should another Holocaust take place, it would be just fine with the Western world.
In fact, this was a technique that Joseph Goebbels masterfully achieved through his "Big Lie" theory — meaning, if you tell a lie enough times, people will begin to see it as truth.
The growing prevalence of anti-Semitic acts in the West is something that should deeply concern us.
Ignoring it is not going to make it disappear.
Our challenges today are to deal with leaders like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who on the one hand openly denies the Holocaust, and on the other poses a nuclear threat to Israel and the United States.
As long as Iran continues to fund groups like Hamas and Hezbollah — and we do nothing about it — then we are living out what Edmund Burke warned us of when he said that "all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Asaf Romirowsky is the manager of Israel & Middle East affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.