Israel critic targeted as 'anti-Semite'

2012-11-16 21:06

Paris - The Paris home of Stephane Hessel, a 95-year-old French resistance hero and concentration camp survivor, has been defaced by graffiti accusing him of being anti-Semitic, his family said on Friday.

The words "Hessel anti-Semite" were daubed on the front of the building in large blue letters overnight in an act of vandalism police suspect was linked to the best-selling writer's criticism of Israel.

Hessel, who was formerly a diplomat, has enjoyed huge success with his 2010 publication Indignez Vous! (Time for Outrage!), a call for the French people to voice their indignation on issues ranging from the disparity between rich and poor to the environment.

Indignez Vous!, which has sold more than four million copies worldwide, also highlights the plight of the Palestinians, and Hessel has been a longstanding critic of Israeli military operations in the West Bank and Gaza, some of which he has characterised as war crimes.

  • steele.oyle - 2012-11-17 05:18

    How dare he. Israel has the right to attack any ship in international waters, withhold Palestinian taxes, occupy the west bank and gaza and continue to kill innocent civilians because they are "the chosen ones". Anyone critical of israels "humane" policies must be labelled an anti semite.

      bram.camina - 2012-11-17 09:59

      I am Jewish and an Israeli, and I am very critical of Israel. Does that make me an anti semite?

  • ziyaad.cajee.7 - 2012-11-17 07:07

    Sick, all this rhetoric is just sick ....even animals don't behave like this. How are u Justifying killing another human being. All will be answerable, on that day...

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