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Filmed in 2006 by Alain Fleischer for a film entitled Pieces of conversations with Jean-Luc Godardthe filmmaker would have made very controversial remarks against the Jews, partly excluded during the editing, including some on the two films by Claude Lanzmann Holocaust and IDF.

In a novel titled Short circuits (2009), Alain Fleischer recounts that as an aside, during a break, Jean-Luc Godard said this sentence to his friend and interlocutor Jean Narboni, former editor-in-chief of Cinema notebooks : “The suicide bombings of the Palestinians to bring about a Palestinian state ultimately resemble what the Jews did by letting themselves be driven like sheep and exterminated in the gas chambers, thus sacrificing themselves to bring about the existence of the Palestinian state. State of Israel. »

Jean-Luc Godard is accustomed to this type of provocation. The first occurred in 1974, when, illustrating his notion of editing as a comparative vision of history, he straddled Here and elsewhere an image of Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister, with that of Adolf Hitler.

Taking up the cause of Palestine, he repeatedly recalled, among other things in JLG/JLG in 1994, that, in the Nazi camps, prisoners on the verge of death were referred to as “Muslims”. Deliberately ignoring the nature of the crimes committed and suffered by each other, he implies that the victims of yesterday have become the executioners of today.

“A Catholic, I know what it is: he goes to masshe says in Alain Fleischer’s film to Jean Narboni. But a Jew, I don’t know what it is! I don’t understand ! » Jean-Luc Godard has however proclaimed himself “film jew” to signify his destiny as a persecuted filmmaker. He says that, made guilty of not having been alerted in his childhood by the Holocaust, shocked by the anti-Semitic remarks of his maternal grandfather who made jokes about his “yid doctor”he found no other way of understanding the Jew than by considering himself ” the same “.

In a column published on The worldin 2010, former MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit wrote: “Here is Godard’s radical pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist posture: today, the Palestinians are the victims of the victims of yesteryear. Since then, the question that arises is: Is Godard anti-Semitic? » And to add: “Basically, Godard’s preoccupation (…) is this: the Jews should have been protected from the Nazis. And who are the Jews today? The Palestinians. That is why they must be protected against Israel. It’s not about whether it’s right or wrong. It doesn’t lead anywhere. Everyone has a problem. Like in the novels, like in the movies. And that is Godard’s task. »

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