'Yellow Vest' who called Alain Finkielraut 'Zionist sh*t' arrested

The protester, known as "Benjamin," is facing hate speech charges and a year in prison if convicted.

February 23, 2019 06:25
Yellow Vests

A man wearing a yellow vest tackles a protester as tear gas floats in the air during clashes with police at a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement in Nantes, France, December 15, 2018. (photo credit: STEPHANE MAHE / REUTERS)


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The French protester who verbally abused French philosopher Alain Finkielrauta week ago was arrested and is expected to face court on May 22, Algemeiner reported on Friday. 
The man, known as "Benjamin," was reported by French media to be a 36-year-old married, father of five who worked as a salesman. He shouted at the elderly Finkielraut that "France is ours," calling him a "Zionist shi*t." 
The man was part of a 'Yellow Vests" group who screamed at Finkielraut that he was a "dirty Jew," he was "going to die" and he was "going to hell." 
The arrested claimed to have acted in anger about the comments made by Finkielraut about "The Palestinians" and the "Children of Gaza." 
The man was reportedly arrested in 2004 for attacking a police officer and to be linked to radical pro-Palestinian Islamist groups who visited Lebanon in 2014. 
French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the attack, saying, “The antisemitic insults to which [Finkielkraut] has been subjected to are the absolute opposite of who we are and what makes us a great nation. We will not tolerate them.” 


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