Monday, 30 April 2018 13:11

Old Stereotypes Return

In France the online newspaper ‘Mediapart’ published an article on 12 April 2018 entitled ‘Vampires do not feed on their own blood’. The vampire in the article refers to Bernard-Henry Lévy, French public intellectual, media personality, and author. The comparison of Bernard-Henry Lévy to a vampire is an old fashioned anti-Semitic stereotype.

licra complaintIn France the online newspaper ‘Mediapart’ published an article on 12 April 2018 entitled ‘Vampires do not feed on their own blood’. The vampire in the article refers to Bernard-Henry Lévy, French public intellectual, media personality, and author. The comparison of Bernard-Henry Lévy to a vampire is an old fashioned anti-Semitic stereotype. The article was posted on the blogs' club of the online newspaper ‘Mediapart’ and was also posted on the Algerian newspaper ‘Algérie patriotique’ – an opposition newspaper in Algeria.

One quote from the article: "Bernard-Henri Lévy has just popped out of his hole as a bloodthirsty vampire, with his hooked teeth and his cadaver-like face."

Licra, International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism, messaged ‘Mediapart’ on Twitter asking the publication to remove its anti-Semitic article and they duly did so.

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