French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy said Sunday that “it is as a Jew“ that he “participated in the political adventure in Libya,” in the first National Convention organized by the Representative Council of Jewish Organizations of France (CRIF).
“I would not have done if I had not been Jewish,” said the philosopher, before an audience of nearly 900 people, meeting in Paris, adding: “I wore my flag in fidelity to my name and my loyalty to Zionism and Israel. “
The CRIF held in Paris its first national convention, entitled “Tomorrow the Jews of France“, attended by many intellectuals, political scientists, sociologists and researchers.
The debates often very open and lively community on the challenges, new faces of anti-Semitism, or new challenges for the Jews of France. Invited to speak on this subject, Bernard-Henri Levy, who published a book its action in Libya, explained the reasons which led to eight months ago to engage in the fight against the regime of Colonel Gaddafi, who was killed Oct. 20 last by the rebels near the NTC .
“I find it sometimes come to be proud to be French “ ”What I did during those few months, I’ve done for many reasons. First as French. I was proud to contribute to my country is at the forefront of support for a popular insurrection ridding the world of one of the worst tyrannies. It happened to me sometimes to be proud to be French. “
“I did it for reasons even more important” , he said: “the belief in the universality of human rights (…). I am among those who have always been tempted to stand in support of victims.”
“There is another reason which little has been said, but on which I have yet many extended: that public, which has never let go is that I was Jewish. It is as Jewish as I participated in this political adventure, I helped define militant fronts, I have to help develop my country and another country strategy and tactics. “
”I would not have done if I had not been Jewish,“ he said. “Like all Jews of the world, I was worried”
“What I’m telling you, I said to Tripoli, Benghazi, Arab crowds, I said in a speech on April 13 on the main square of Benghazi to 30,000 young fighters representing all the tribes of Libya, and I began my speech, saying my name is Levi, the son of Levi, I am the representative of a tribe, which is one of the oldest and noblest tribes of the world.“
”I wore my flag in fidelity to my name, will illustrate that name and my loyalty to Zionism and Israel . “
”What I have done all these months, I did as a Jew. And like all Jews of the world, I was worried . Despite the legitimate anxiety is an uprising to be welcomed with favor, we were dealing with one of the worst enemies of Israel. “ (With AFP )