In the country’s most recent presidential election, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the far-left “France Rising” party, won about 20 percent of the votes, placing him just behind the two leading contenders. Unlike his British or American counterparts, he rarely takes pains to disguise his anti-Semitism as anti-Zionism. Last week, in the manner typical of conspiracy-mongers, he insinuated that both a 1980 synagogue bombing and the brutal murder of a Jewish family in 2012 were somehow cooked up by the “deep state” to manipulate public opinion. Ben Cohen writes:
The Leader of France’s Hard Left Is an Anti-Semite of the Old Kind
Understanding Hizballah’s Sprawling South American Crime Syndicate
Sunday marked the 27th anniversary of Hizballah’s bloody bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which demonstrated to the world the long reach of the Lebanon-based terrorist group. But its presence in Latin America goes far beyond plotting attacks: located on the continent is the heart of its global criminal empire, which Hizballah uses to supplement the income it receives from its masters in Tehran. Emanuele Ottolenghi, drawing on detailed and extensive research, explains the inner workings of the group’s illicit operations, and its recent attempt to relocate networks disrupted by the U.S. and Europe to the tri-border area (TBA), where Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil meet.