This article is part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of April, a monthly overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
Date of publication: 26 April 2018
Media outlet: Army Radio Galatz
About the source: Galatz is an Israeli radio network operated by the Israel Defense Forces
Author: Aviv Zonabend
About the author: Aviv Zonabend is a councillor in the city of Toulouse, France.
Description of the anti-Muslim content: Interviewed in Hebrew by Army Radio Galatz, Zonabend said that there are “very many, too many” Arabs in the city of Toulouse with a total of 11-12 percent of its population. He also said that there are “very few” Jews and that about 600 families had left the city for Israel in the past five years. When French media picked the story up, Zonabend blamed his “poor Hebrew, a language I do not speak” and said he had meant to say Islamists not Arabs. The mayor of Toulouse has ordered an inquiry into the case and threatened to fire him if an official translation confirms his comments.
Myth Debunked: Concern about anti-Jewish sentiment should not be used to justify bigotry against Muslims. Equally, being from a discriminated minority does not mean it is acceptable to then treat other minorities with prejudice. Antisemitism should not be tackled by using anti-Muslim rhetoric, but rather by joining forces to counter intolerance as a whole. Furthermore, Zonabend makes an implicit connection between what he sees as a “high number of Arabs” and the migration of 600 Jewish families to Israel. This is not based on any evidence.
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