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French Jewish scholar's hate speech trial leaves anti-racism activists bitter, divided
by Cnaan Liphshiz
The hate speech trial of a prominent French historian charged with calling Arabs innately anti-Semitic is dividing French Jews and sowing dissent within the local equivalent of the Anti-Defamation League.
It is all happening over just two words: "mother's milk."
Georges Bensoussan, one of the world's leading experts on Jews in Arab lands, used the two fateful words during a radio interview in 2015. Citing the work of an Algerian sociologist, he asserted that "in Arab families in France and beyond, everybody knows but will not say that anti-Semitism is transmitted with mother's milk."
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