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    • Ben (from Paris)
    • 11.09.11 | 23:39 (IDT)

    Let's be clear : Here in France, Beitar members are considered with some ambivalence by the community : on the one hand, they have been actively engaged, in the 70's in fight (in the physical sense) with neo-fascist and neo-nazi groups (GUD, Action Française, Occident, Front National...) and as such have earned some sympathy among us. On the other hand, their excessive propensity to resort to violence in Arab-bashing ("case-bougnoules") against relatively harmless people and their complete indifference to the rule of law has earned them a reputation of total mavericks, their actions frequently backfiring in feeding antisemitism... Their effectiveness is not in doubt. The problem is that they will probably potentialize with the hilltop youth and transform tense confrontations with Palestinians that could be resolved relatively quietly into a bloodbath. Which is, IMHO, exactly what Israel, and the Diaspora at large, can do without just now.

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    First published 19:12 11.09.11 | Last updated 19:12 11.09.11
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