2017-04-26 / World News

Fake Bernard-Henri Levy quote triggers anti-Semitic avalanche

A satirical article suggesting that the French-Jewish philosopher Bernard- Henri Levy plans to emigrate if a far-left politician is elected president triggered a slew of anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

In the fake interview published on the satirical website NordPresse, Levy, one of the country’s best-known celebrities, is quoted as saying, “If Melenchon is elected, I’m leaving France.”

Jean-Luc Melenchon, who is the presidential candidate of the French Communist Party and several other far-left groups, made considerable gains in polls ahead of the first round of the presidential elections held on Sunday.

Using the hashtag #BHL—the Jewish philosopher’s initials—hundreds of Melenchon supporters circulated the fake interview on Twitter, adding anti-Semitic comments about it.

“Shove off to Israel or the States, you son of a bitch,” one Twitter user wrote in an apparent reference to the fact that Levy, who is a citizen neither of Israel nor of the United States, is Jewish.

The L’Expresse daily accused the satirical website of encouraging anti- Semitic discourse by inventing a quote by Levy.

“I cannot agree to a 90-percent taxation of my revenues” in explaining his opposition to Melenchon. “The Jews, as we all know, are rich,” L’Expresse wrote sarcastically. (JTA)

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