Sion Assidon’s comments come after another Moroccan-French author of Jewish descent criticized Zionism, referring to the Holocaust as a “new religion” invented by Zionists.
Rabat – Moroccan Jewish activist Sion Assidon has opposed French President Emmanuel Macron and a bill proposed by French lawmakers to criminalize anti-Zionism like anti-Semitism, which is already illegal in France.
The Moroccan Jewish activist described anti-Zionism as a “political position.”
Assidon told AFP that if “declaring oneself to be ‘anti-Zionist’ is seen as a racist act, that is serious.”
The activist argued, “We must not limit ourselves to condemning one form of racial hatred alone, forgetting Muslims and gypsies.”
“Why pass on Islamophobia?” Assidon asked.
In addition to his position on Zionism, the activist also took to the street in a demonstration to call for a boycott against a concert by Enrico Macias to condemn pro-Israeli positions by the Israeli singer, according to France 24.
Assidon also shared a letter with 400 signatures, addressed to Macron on his support of the criminalization of anti-Zionism.
The letter argues that the French Constitution in Article 4 “guarantees pluralistic expressions of opinion.”
The letter said that “anti-Zionism is an opinion, a current of thought born among European Jews at a time when Jewish nationalism was taking off.”
“We want to let you know that we are anti-Zionists, or that some of our best friends declare themselves as such.”
The signatories said they respect all human rights activists who “bravely fight and denounce the intolerable atrocities that the most zealous Zionists inflict on Palestinians.”
The letter warned Macron that if he passes the law, the signatories would “break” the “unfair law with our words, our writings, our articles, works and our acts of solidarity.”
In January, a Moroccan-French author of Jewish descent, Jacob Cohen, strongly criticized Zionism and the Holocaust.
Cohen referred to the Holocaust as a “new religion” invented by Zionists.