French Jews have condemned a prominent doctor who said that the act of wearing a kippah is a sign of allegiance to the policies of the State of Israel.
Rony Brauman, a former president of Doctors Without Borders, made the statement last week during an interview on the Europe1 radio station about the January 11th stabbing of a devout Jew in Marseille, allegedly by a 15-year-old boy who told police he assaulted the victim as part of the jihad of the Islamic State terrorist group.
According to the Tribune Juive daily, both CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, and French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia condemned this statement. André Mamou, the paper’s editor-in-chief, wrote in an op-ed that, “what made this left-wing physician venture so far into self-hatred is incomprehensible.”
And Yohann Taïeb, another Jewish journalist, filed a complaint against Brauman for alleged hate speech to France’s Superior Council for Audiovisual, or CSA.
After the stabbing, a Jewish community representative from Marseille called on Jews to remove their kippot for security reasons, though his call was squarely rejected by other community leaders. Korsia said recently that “removing the kippah today means removing the cross tomorrow.”
Last month, CRIF accused Doctors without Borders of glorifying Palestinian terrorism in an exhibition that featured a poster praising the killer of Jews in the West Bank.
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