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An Unassuming Hero Standing Up For Truth

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Karsenty is unafraid. “Unlike Dreyfus,” he says, “I am not in prison. Only my social life is ruined. If they find me guilty, it will show that France is even more corrupt than we thought.”

Karsenty seeks vindication not only in the courts. He wants the kind of political intervention that will make such a court decision official.

“President Sarkozy, as the effective boss of the state-owned TV France 2, will have to intervene,” he says. “He could demand that the film be submitted to expert analysis. As France’s president, he could ask his TV to apologize to the entire world.”

When people wonder why he is doing this, since anti-Semites and anti-Zionists will only continue to defame Israel, he usually responds, “Sir, did you shave yesterday? And you will shave again tomorrow? Why bother?”

And then he says: “It is important to stand up for the truth, no matter the cost. That should not make you a hero.”

About the Author: Dr. Phyllis Chesler is a professor emerita of psychology, a Middle East Forum fellow, and the author of sixteen books including “The New Anti-Semitism” (2003, 2014), “Living History: On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews, 2003-2015 (2015), and “An American Bride in Kabul” (2013), for which she won the National Jewish Book Award in the category of memoirs. Her articles are archived at www.phyllis-chesler.com. A version of this piece appeared on IsraelNationalNews.com.

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