By Dan Levie
(JNS) A man who was put on trial for an anti-Semitic attack on Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut was found guilty and given a two-month suspended sentence on Friday, French media reported over the weekend.
The attacker, a 36-year-old man from the Alsace region, was convicted of having violated France’s anti-racism laws, which prohibit verbal attacks that are based on religion, ethnicity or race.
Finkielkraut, 69, was attacked during a “yellow vest” protest in Paris in February this year. The insults included phrases like “Dirty race!,” “Dirty Zionist!,” “Go back to Tel Aviv!” and “France is ours!”
Finkielkraut, who the son of Holocaust survivors and a staunch defender of Israel, was initially supportive of the yellow vest movement’s anti-establishment and pro-reform message, but later criticized it because of its violent acts.
Des #GiletsJaunes croisent Alain Finkielkraut, philosophe français, académicien et juif.
Enchaînement des insultes et du raisonnement :
– Palestine !
– La France est à nous (donc pas aux juifs)
– Sale sioniste (juif)
– Sale race (…)
– Le peuple va te punir
Paris, 2019. pic.twitter.com/nqFipHuNnV
— Julien Bahloul (@julienbahloul) February 16, 2019
Some yellow vest protesters have expressed racist or anti-Semitic views online and on the sidelines of protests.
This article originally appeared in Israel Hayom.