French cartoonist Sine on trial on charges of "inciting racial hatred" over Sarkozy joke
"L'affaire Sine" followed the engagement of Mr Sarkozy, 22, to Jessica Sebaoun-Darty, the Jewish heiress of an electronic goods chain. Commenting on an unfounded rumour that the president's son planned to convert to Judaism, Sine quipped: "He'll go a long way in life, that little lad."
A high-profile political commentator slammed the column as linking prejudice about Jews and social success. Charlie Hebdo's editor, Philippe Val, asked Sinet to apologise but he refused, exclaiming: "I'd rather cut my balls off."
"When I heard that I was being treated as anti-Semitic, my blood ran cold," he said during the trial, adding that if Mr Askolovitch had turned up in person, "it is not a trial he would have had but a head butt."
Sine is the defendant in Tuesday's court case in Lyon, southern France. The plaintiff is the anti-racism and anti-Semitism group, Licra.
The issue of anti-Semitism, already sensitive in a country still marked by the Alfred Dreyfus affair - the Jewish army captain wrongly accused of spying in the 19th century – has become even more charged in recent weeks due to Israel's Gaza offensive; France was hit by a series of anti-Semitic acts, including firebomb attacks on synagogues.
The young Mr Sarkozy, who is now the leader of his father's party in the president's old fiefdom, the chic Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, has since married. He has denied converting to Judaism.
I could win that trial in one word:
1 a : a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and ARABS - b : a descendant of these peoples - 2 : a member of a modern people speaking a Semitic language.
—Merriam Webster Dictionary
"A 'Semite' is any person living in that area, including Arabs and Christians. It's time we start talking about 'The Other AntiSemitism'. A Semite is not a Jew living in America or Europe."
—Ralph Nader (Arab-American from Lebannon), Independent candidate for president in 2008, Independent Reform Party presidential candidate in 2004, ex-Green Party presidential candidate in 2000, Arab-American Business conference, C-SPAN, 2003
95% of "Jews" are descended from Ghenghis KAHN, not Adam and Eve:
The biggest anti-Semites in the world are Israeli Jews.
Which is why Israel is passing a law to stop Arabs being citizens.
Likud party leader Netanyahu has endorsed Avigdor Lieberman's Ysrael Beiteinu proposal for a law that could take away the citizenship of Israelis deemed "not loyal."
One historical example of such a law is the 1935 Nazi law respecting "citizenship certificates".
Cartoonist kidnapped in Knoxville Tennessee, denied habeus corpus, tortured by dogs in Blount County "Justice" Center, deported to Canada, deported to ZioNazi Germany, given a showtrial with no transcript allowed, sentenced to life on death row...
Prison Art of Ernst Zundel