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Leftists and Islamists demonstrate in Paris against Israel's actions in Gaza

Last October, the French author and philosophy teacher Robert Redeker, accompanied by two bodyguards, went to the office of his publisher in the charming fifth arrondissement of Paris. Redeker has been in hiding for more than two years, ever since he addressed the question of Islamic intimidation in a newspaper article in Le Figaro, which led to a string of death threats. He is France's Salman Rushdie, but his case has already been largely forgotten by his compatriots.

When the staff left for lunch, Redeker encouraged his bodyguards to take a break too. He felt safe. In an interview with Standpoint he explained what happened next:

"At 1.30pm, a young man of North African origin came to deliver a package. ‘Monsieur Redeker,' he said, ‘I know who you are...' adding, ‘I won't kill you but someone else will.'

"He lashed out at me for ten, maybe 15 minutes. The genocide of the Muslims, Arabs are Semites, Hitler was Christian... ‘You make a distinction between moderate, fanatical and Islamist Muslims. You're wrong. A person is Muslim or not Muslim, period.' Over and over, he accused me of insulting all Muslims by criticising Muhammad. ‘Muhammad is more than a father for Muslims,' he said. ‘What you did is serious!' He stormed out in a rage. I called my two RG [Renseignements Généraux, the domestic intelligence service] protectors, who rushed over. They whisked me away to the airport."

It was in Paris 60 years ago that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed, on 10 December 1948. France has always claimed a special relationship with the Declaration, affirmed as a defining national quality, carried as a banner whenever and wherever human rights are threatened - more or less. In the words of René Samuel Cassin, recognised as its principal author, the Declaration "is the most vigorous, most necessary protest of humanity against the atrocities and oppressions endured by millions of human beings through the ages". Cassin, who refused to take his seat as a delegate to the League of Nations after publicly denouncing the Munich Agreement, maintained a lifelong association with the Alliance Israélite Universelle, under whose auspices he frequently visited Israel.

Today in France, demonstrators equate the Star of David with the swastika, scream their hatred of Israel, burn its flag and chant promises of destruction. Schools that bear the name of René Cassin are vandalised. Cassin was a résistant, sentenced to death in absentia by the Vichy government. Where is the Resistance today? Is it the enraged crowd in keffieh, vowing allegiance to Hamas? Or courageous thinkers who dare to denounce the greatest totalitarian threat since Nazism and communism?

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July 2nd, 2009
3:07 AM
For a daily reminder of the threat of Islam to Western freedoms, go to if you haven't already done so. Its very eye-opening, as this article should be to those who haven't faced what the threats are.

Jon M
February 10th, 2009
10:02 PM
Heroic post. It brings this new reader much joy to see people standing up to Islam, the 21st century Fascism!

Gary O
February 6th, 2009
1:02 PM
I am begining to like Standpoint. What with Douglas Murray's article and now this, a ray of hope has shone through my state of dispair regarding the cowardly attitude of our main stream media in the face of islamisation of the West. Britain (and the West in general) still has a chance of preserving its culture, religion and identity given people like Messrs Murray and Redeker. Just one final point: criticising islam is neither islamophobic nor racist and those who have the courage to speak out must not be labelled as such in order that they may fall silent. Thank you Standpoint.

February 2nd, 2009
12:02 PM
Bravo. It is becoming clear that Islam is at war with the west, we must quickly put a stop to it's expansion, or we will all be slaves. Mohamed killed people, it's only a matter of time...

Geoffrey Cain
February 1st, 2009
10:02 PM
Everyone should support Robert Redeker in every way they can.

January 31st, 2009
10:01 PM
The Editors of Standpoint and its readership must educate themselves in the following facts: There is the UN sponsored Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed in 1948 by most members of the UN and then there is the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam signed in 1990 by 54 Moslem nations. The Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam is in direct contravention of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: it does not grant freedom of religion, it states that all crimes and punishments are determined only by Sharia Law and it asserts the domination of Islam over all other belief systems, political ideologies and jurisprudences. Note especially Articles 19, 24 and 25 of this Cairo Declaration. Here is the link to a site which provides the texts of both the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam: It is essential that this is made widely known in the British, European and American media because it is this Cairo Declaration which the EU and the UN, by acceding to the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Conference) demand to declare criticism of Islam to be "islamophobic" and therefore a crime,will actually assist in bringing Europe and even America, under the yoke of Islam and its degrading Sharia law. Also, little things do matter and words have power: kindly cease referring to Islam's warlord founder, Mohamed, as "Prophet": to billions of people throughout the world, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, etc, this man could never be described or revered as such. Also, start informing your readership of the doctrines of Islam (taqiyya, Abrogation of verses in the Koran), of Jihad, of Islam's history of bloody conquest, denigration of peoples, cultures, faiths and lands and, especially, of Mohamed (the supporting Hadiths, especially of Bukhari and the Sira, biography of Mohamed will assist as these are considered, along with the Qur'an, to be the 'holy' texts in Islam). The truth shall set us ALL free, including those enslaved by Islam.

January 29th, 2009
1:01 PM
bravo r redeker, bravo the writer. reader in ireland .

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