מאיר חביב מוצג כחזיר
A caricature portraying Habib as a "Zionist pig"
French MP Meyer Habib

French Jewish MP exposes anti-Semites behind death threats

Meyer Habib is not content with taking legal action against those who have threatened his life, and is turning to social media to reveal the ugly face of anti-Semitism in his country; 'I'm worried for the country's future,' he says

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 12.05.19 , 19:11
Due to the recent influx of threats and anti-Semitic remarks directed at him, a Jewish member of France's National Assembly, Meyer Habib, decided to publicly reveal the faces of those that send threats and insults his way.
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  • Habib, who was elected to parliament in 2013, receives threats and abuse on a daily basis, and files roughly 25 claims a month against those who have made threats against him and his family.
    חבר הפרלמנט היהודי מאיר חביבחבר הפרלמנט היהודי מאיר חביב
    French MP Meyer Habib
    (Photo: Courtesy)
    After thoroughly analyzing the severity of the material, Habib's team sends transcripts of hateful messages and an image of the people issuing them to a lawyer. These threats result in a trial being conducted roughly every six months.
    In 2015, a man who threatened to decapitate Habib was jailed for 15 months.
    In August 2018, Habib's office in the French parliament received an envelope containing an unidentified white powder, resulting in the entire building have to shut down for six hours.
    מאיר חביב מוצג כחזירמאיר חביב מוצג כחזיר
    A caricature portraying Habib as a "Zionist pig"
    Even though threats, curses, and anti-Semitic caricatures have been a part of Habib's day-to-day life and are the reason for his heavy security detail, the recent influx of threats and anti-Semitic remarks have prompted him and his team to take drastic measures, and expose the faces of the transgressors on social media.
    "As a usual target for death threats and more, I decided to systematically prosecute my attackers with the help of my lawyer, David Olivier Kaminski," wrote Habib on his Facebook page.
    "From now on though, I will also publicly publish the threats and caricatures I've received, along with the pictures of their originators, there are laws in this country that we must abide by."
    מאיר חביב מבוקשמאיר חביב מבוקש
    A poster for Meyer Habib 'wanted dead or alive'
    Habib continued: "In the past two weeks alone I have had to file charges against four people who sent me threats via a fake Twitter account called 'Meyer Habib - a hate account'."
    The hate posts gathered and published by Habib in his Facebook page range from calling him a "stinking Zionist" all the way to branding him a full-blown Nazi.
    One of the posts on Habib's page was written in Arabic and calls him "the devil's messenger" and accuses him of "twisting history."
    דוגמאות לשיימינגדוגמאות לשיימינג
    Some of those who sent Habib threats
    "I'm worried for the future of France more so than my own safety," wrote Habib. "There are those who see it legitimate to send someone death threats when all he's doing is working to defend his country."
    Habib continued: "Let us remember that last July, France's government refused to acknowledge that hate speech against Israel is the new face of anti-Semitism, consequently preventing it from being labeled and flagged as hateful content on social media in France."
    On Tuesday, however, the French National Assembly did pass legislation ruling that anti-Zionism is a modern form of anti-Semitism.
    Habib believes that the hate he's receiving is the result of some users' militant Islamist ideals, but vows to keep reminding everyone that he will not be deterred.
    "The recent wave of hate doesn’t weaken my determination in the least, the opposite is true. My determination has doubled, and I will continue to defend our values without fear."

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