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Parti des Indigènes de la République: “Zionists to the Gulag!”

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Zionists to the Gulag: theexcellent  Houria Bouteldja (Richard Seymour).

The left-wing political scientist,  Thomas Guénolé,  recently (18th March) rowed with the spokesperson of the Parti des Indigènes de la République, Houria Bouteldja on the French television (France 2) programme, “Ce soir (ou jamais !)” sur France 2 (Atlantico).

He took out a photo of her posing with the slogan, Zionists to the Gulag (note, which adds, Peace, mais gulag quand même, but Gulag even so).

“si une femme noire se fait violer par un homme noire, il est légitime qu’elle ne porte pas plainte pour protéger la communauté noire”.

If a black women is raped by a black man, it’s right that she does not go to the police in order to protect the black community.”

On gays,  “comme chacun sait, la tarlouze n’est pas tout à fait un homme. l’arabe qui perd sa puissance virile n’est plus un homme”.

Everybody knows that a poof is not completely a man, the Arab who loses his potency is no longer a man”.

Her reply was to state that she couldn’t give a toss what  Guénolé thought, and that his fundamental accusation against her was that she was not white.

Now is the time to return to a critical examination of the ideas of this person and her group.

Une indigène au visage pâle – par Ivan Segré.

Houria Bouteldja :Les Blancs, les Juifs et nous. Vers une politique de l’amour révolutionnaire

Houria Bouteldja, the “excellent  Houria Bouteldja” as Richard Seymour calls her (here), is the spokesperson for the Indigènes de la République. She is known to the American left from the reprinting of their statements by the International Socialist Organization,  and a star article, with Malik Tahar Chaouch, translated by somebody who should have known better  (The Unity Trap) in the oddly named Jacobin, which claims to be ‘reason in revolt”.

Her group, which opposes “race-mixing” and attacks the “philo-Semitism” of the French State, amongst many other criticisms of ‘Jews’ and  ‘Zionists’ has also received a respectful audience in Britain, including a ‘Blog’ and  billing at meetings of the Islamic ‘Human Rights’ Commission. Verso has published a book recently criticising French secularism by one of the Indigènes’ ‘white’ supporters, the former leftist and self-styled ‘feminist’ Christine Delphy..

Rumours that an English version of Les Blancs, les Juifs et nous  is in preparation at Verso, with an introduction by Ian Donovan have been strongly denied.

This is not a translation of Segré’s tonic review of Bouteldja but a discussion of some key points. The article begins with a summary of the authoress’ views which will perhaps explain that the prospect of a full account of the text – after all a honest attempt to make intelligible a picture of the world that bears comparison with such landmark thinkers as David Icke – would be hard to accomplish. But we salute comrade Sergé for having waded through this singular oeuvre. This is just to make known to an English speaking audience some of his main points

Sergè provides an outline of the Bouteldja contribution to historical materialism. White imperialism since the key date of 1492 is structured by racial inequality. With this legacy imprinted across every ‘white’ society, legislation for equality puts ‘whites’ (blancs) first and relegates the “indigenes” (indigenous, that is, native American, African Blacks, Arabs from the Maghreb from 1830, and the peoples of Asia). As part of this process white women’s rights have been obtained through both their owns struggle and through the existence of imperialism.

The fault lines lie deep. The French declaration of Human Rights (first version, 1789) was inspired by the African Declaration of Independence of 1776, created on the basis of the massacre of the indigenous population. Indelibly marked by its murdering, enslaving colonial origins the bourgeoisie invented the category of the white race to divide, and to prevent any alliance with its indigenous slaves. For those in the Third World today even those of immigrant descent, including herself, are ‘white’ from the fact of living in (imperialist) Europe.

Amongst the many discoveries Bouteldja makes during her exploration of the history of ‘white’ imperialism is Sartre. He is the incarnation of the French left, even the revolutionary left. As such, in the allegory for the history of that left, he was botha fighter against French colonialism and a supporter of the creation of the state of Israel. The author of Réflexions sur la Question Juive, was a ‘Zionist’. That affiliation cannot be tolerated: “Fusillez Sartre !” (shoot Sartre!). The thought could be developed…..Sartre is an emblem, a symbol of the gauche Française. Should they also be shot?

It can be seen that Boutelja has a keen interest in the ‘Jewish Question’. For her, anti-Zionism is the crucial issue: confrontation between the indigènes and the ‘whites’, a clash over the State of Israel, is the site of a historic battle between “us” (her side) and “you” – well, you. She reveals the Jewish task, “they have been chosen by the West” for three cardinal missions: to settle the crisis of moral legitimacy for the white world – the result of the Nazi genocide – to sub-contract republican (that is, French) racism, and to be the armed wing of Western imperialism in the Arab world. (“élus, par l’Occident », et cela « pour trois missions cardinales » : « résoudre la crise de légitimité morale du monde blanc, conséquence du génocide nazi, sous-traiter le racisme républicain et enfin être le bras armé de l’impérialisme occidental dans le monde arabe » (p. 51).

From the – reasonable – point that the Shoah was an extension of colonial barbarity into Europe itself, the zoological view of history as a struggle for mastery between ‘races’ that would resort to extermination – to the other two ‘missions’ is not a leap, but a change of topic. Bouteldja considers that the “Arab essence” and ‘Arab land” is colonised by the Jews – Israel- as a result of a conscious ‘white’ decision, “they have offered Israel to you.”

It is without surprise that we learn that Bouteldja rejects “white rationality”.

This is the leading Indigène’s alternative: Allah Akbar! “In Islam divine transcendence induces humility and a continuous awareness of transience. The wishes, the projects of the faithful are marked by cries of ‘in cha Allah’. We begin one day and we will end one day. Only the all-powerful is eternal. Nobody can rise up against Him. Only the proud believe that they can. From this pathology of pride are born the blasphemous theories of the superiority of Whites over non-Whites, of the superiority of men over women, of the superiority of the human race over animals and nature. One does not need to be a believer to interpret this philosophy and apply it to the mundane. (*)

Followers of the Qu’ran have never been known to practice slavery and religious or racical superiority….

The Charnel House has published an excellent translation of earlier critique of this group: Toward a materialist approach to the question of race: A response to the Indigènes de la République.

* … Allahou akbar ! Et il ajoute : Il n’y a de Dieu que Dieu. En islam, la transcendance divine ordonne l’humilité et la conscience permanente de l’éphémère. Les vœux, les projets de ses fidèles ne sont-ils pas tous ponctués par ‘in cha Allah’ ? Nous commençons un jour et nous finissons un jour. Seul le Tout-Puissant est éternel. Personne ne peut lui disputer le pouvoir. Seuls les vaniteux le croient. De ce complexe de la vanité, sont nées les théories blasphématoires de la supériorité des Blancs sur les non-Blancs, de la supériorité des hommes sur les femmes, de la supériorité des hommes sur les animaux et la nature. Nul besoin d’être croyant pour interpréter cette philosophie d’un point de vue profane » (p. 132).

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  1. Only to the gulag? Why not “Zionists to Auschwitz”? Would that not also be excellent?



    March 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm

  2. Watch the video, Thomas Guénolé, even if you can’t get the French, is seething with rage.

    Andrew Coates

    March 30, 2016 at 4:54 pm

  3. “Islam induces humility” No it doesn’t, quite the opposite. It is a supremacist theology. If sections of the left are promoting this quite upfront fascism then that left really has become the new far right.

    Howard Fuller

    March 30, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  4. Her spiritual pronouncements are worthless burbling; it does not matter what she says about religion; it’s just her version of New Age thoughts from where the green ants dream.

    What is a problem is that some people (the video is of a major public French telly channel) take her seriously, that she has adopted the ‘Africanist’ ‘epistemology’ that only ‘blacks’ can understand other ‘blacks’ (incidentally not a description I would push too far on the basis of her Mediterranean appearance) and that her statements cannot be criticised by anybody else.

    On this basis she is allowed to say much more dangerous things: or as Thomas Guénolé said, race hate.

    Andrew Coates

    March 30, 2016 at 5:42 pm

  5. Bouteldja is of Algerian ancestry – i.e. her heritage is that of the Barbary States and the Moors who for well over a thousand years waged wars of conquest, piracy and enslavement against Europe and even the early USA.

    These nations were finally, rightly, defeated in the early C19th by European nations and the USA. The 100 years under western rule is something they brought upon themselves and is qualitatively no different from the occupation of Germany and Japan after WW2. The Algerians, Moroccans and Tunisians are merely predatory imperialists fallen on hard times. They got off pretty lightly with only 100 years payback. If anyone ought to feel post-imperial guilt in this respect it is Bouteldja and her likes, not the west.

    The phenomenally parochial and infromationally crippled ‘intellectuals’ of the left, of course, struggle to grasp even the concept of imperialism ever being the province of anyone except white westerners. So they will keep indulging and endorsing supremacist Islamofascists.

    “If sections of the left are promoting this quite upfront fascism then that left really has become the new far right.”

    It has indeed. No intelligent Jew, woman, gay person, atheist or secularist of any religion has a good reason to view today’s ‘progressive’ left with anything but suspicion and contempt. It has sold them out to its theocratic fascist friends. While Corbyn and co are bossing the Labour Party, things will not improve; the man just can’t keep himself away from Islamists. He’s sick, and his followers are at best fools.


    March 30, 2016 at 6:36 pm

  6. One thing I don’t get from your postings on this grouping, Andrew, is any sense of its size or importance. How significant do you think it is? The same nonsense can be spouted by a group of 50, 500 or 500,000. In the first case it would be a curiosity, in the second, a minor irritant. Only in the last case would it be a serious problem.


    March 30, 2016 at 11:42 pm

  7. It is important enough to be constantly mentioned in the French media, France (Antenne) 2, the television station the videos are clips from, is a state channel with about BBC2 audience size (though far from its quality).


    The actual membership of the group is in the low hundreds.

    The racists get respectful treatment from the NPA and groups from that background but any co-operation with them is hotly contested on the left, from anti-racists, including those with an immigrant heritage, to secularists.

    10 ans du Parti des indigènes de la république (PIR) : entretien avec Sadri Khiari.


    Andrew Coates

    March 31, 2016 at 12:12 pm

  8. Sounds a bit like Anjem Chowdhury’s little groupings in this country, in terms of being able to generate publcity way beyond their actual numerical significance.


    March 31, 2016 at 12:20 pm

  9. Except he is not covered for even by the SWP and doesn’t have intellectuals like Delphy backing him.

    Andrew Coates

    March 31, 2016 at 12:41 pm

  10. This is just a slur on people like the ISO and (that idiot) Seymour.

    Unless you can show that they supported her despite knowing (or at least should have been aware) of stuff like that anti-Semitic poster she is holding, of the homophobia, it’s just libel.

    Why would a socialist organisation, like the ISO, suddenly support anti-Semites?

    It reminds me of the Tory council candidate who was revealed to be a secret (hidden) Nazi (along with secret photos of him dressing in a SS uniform). ‘Tories = Nazis’ was the stupid, predictable response by the Left. No, scum as they are, Tories aren’t Nazis and whilst they are to blame for much they are not to blame for the fact that they selected a secret Hitlerite as a candidate.

    That same sort of foul, false-links, tar by ‘association’ process is present here.

    This really is a gutter blog.

    • What Seymour said in support of her can be seen on the link next to the Photo, it is a vibrant commendation.

      The ISO reproduced their ideas after the Charlie Hebdo and hypercacher killings: they printed developments of the article by their own members which can also be seen via the hyper-link.

      One strong defence of the racist group came from Sofia Arias and Wael Elasady” At this time in which Charlie Hebdo is being used by a united ruling class to silence debate and escalate the violence of imperialism and racism, and the left denies its role in making it easier for them to do so, we need to stand firmly in defense of Muslims, without reservations or qualifications.”


      This pair of deluded racists noted, “Marxists do not take “free expression” or “free speech” to be an absolute principle above any other principle, including the safety of an oppressed section of the population.”

      As Stalin might have said…..

      Nobody had the clear evidence from Houria Bouteldja of the open anti-Semitism that the photo above demonstrates since it was only available this year.

      But her broader racism is well known and the subject of a lengthy critique by French leftists which I also link to.

      You can read the first part of her ‘book’ here: Fusillez Sartre !http://indigenes-republique.fr/test1/

      Andrew Coates

      March 31, 2016 at 4:56 pm

  11. Lamia – you are an Islamophobic pro imperialist anti progressive anti leftist a-hole. you should watch this to set you right:


    April 1, 2016 at 12:24 am

  12. The overt anti-Semitism of people like Bouteldja is only the most extreme expression of the Socialism of Fools on a scale that includes the likes of Seymour and the SWP quite close to her, through the Stalinists (read some of the letters in the Morning Star) and the BDS movement.

    At root cause is a refusal on much of the left to recognise the right of the state of Israel to exist and demonization of “Zionists” (ie the vast majority of Jews world-wide). Compare this to the left’s attitude to Turkey: Turkey as a modern state was built on two rounds of ‘ethnic cleansing’ – first of Armenians, during the First World War, then of Greeks, just afterwards. This is only thirty years or so earlier than the creation of Israel. As far as I am aware pretty much nobody thinks the restoration of Armenian land in Turkey, or the giving back of Izmir (Smyrna) to the Greeks, are necessary democratic demands.

    I guess the retrospective-left view of this is partly shaped by the fact that Turkey at that time was also a kind of prototype ‘anti-imperialist’ nationalist state (at the same time as it slaughtered and expelled Greeks it was driving out especially French imperialism). But on one level it was the Ottoman state, which had collapsed, reconstituting itself. (The future Attaturk was the Ottoman military commander who inflicted the devastating Allied defeat at Gallipoli).

    If someone was to suggest that Turkey was a state so illegitimate and so racist in its DNA as to have no right to exist, and that nothing short of the return of the descendants of Greeks and Armenians could be considered remotely acceptable, they’d be considered very strange.

    Jim Denham

    April 1, 2016 at 8:56 am

    • Exactly, and there is also the Sub-Continent’s religious division and the fact that Pakistan is a religiously based state.

      In fact there are a host of religiously based states marked by deep racism, totalitarian politics and repression, from Saudi Arabia to Iran.

      The way people go on and on about Israel’s unique ‘evil’ is repellent to start with, regardless of the criticisms one can have about its constitution or the policies of its government.

      Andrew Coates

      April 1, 2016 at 10:34 am

  13. Reblogged this on The Charnel-House.

    Ross Wolfe

    April 3, 2016 at 4:11 pm

  14. Lamia, I have to take issue with what you wrote in your comment:

    Bouteldja is of Algerian ancestry – i.e. her heritage is that of the Barbary States and the Moors who for well over a thousand years waged wars of conquest, piracy, and enslavement against Europe and even the early USA.

    These nations were finally, rightly, defeated in the early C19th by European nations and the USA. The 100 years under western rule is something they brought upon themselves and is qualitatively no different from the occupation of Germany and Japan after WW2. The Algerians, Moroccans and Tunisians are merely predatory imperialists fallen on hard times. They got off pretty lightly with only 100 years payback. If anyone ought to feel post-imperial guilt in this respect it is Bouteldja and her likes, not the west.

    If you think that European colonial powers undertook to carve up northern sections of Africa along the Mediterranean for humanitarian or philanthropic reasons, you’re sorely mistaken. You can’t somehow justify the chauvinistic occupation of foreign lands on the childish grounds that “but, but they started it!”

    Ross Wolfe

    April 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm

  15. Ross, It may just be a coincidence, I would not like to make a ‘false link’, but the argument (what about the white slaves to the North Africans and their raids on England and Ireland, huh? They never mention them, do they!!) is usually made in the UK by far-right groups like the BNP, Britain First and with dubious basis (never mind the supposed history being of no relevance).

    Lamia is but an extreme example of a possibly once Left person (maybe never was) who sees their prime task now to ‘defend secularism’ by which they mean attack Muslims (you would never see them criticise the headgear or the position of women of some fundamental Christians, like the Plymouth Brethern, or fundamental Jews, Hindus, etc.) in their now all encompassing Islamophobia – a widespread plague in the European Left.

  16. Ensemble, French left group in the Front de Gauche attacks the Indigènes de la République, comparing, amongst other remarks in the same vein, to extreme right authors Zemmour and, the author of the vilest anti-Semite tract you have ever heard of, Drumont ( La France juive. 1886)

    “Cette apologie de la famille, de la Race, de la Femme, de la virilité, c’est beau comme du Zemmour non ? Pour la dernière phrase, c’est plutôt beau comme du Drumont.”


    Andrew Coates

    April 4, 2016 at 11:14 am

  17. I’m fine with defending a secularist program to be applied universally, across the board. My issue is more with the notion that European colonial powers were simply “turning the tables” on piratical or rogue North African states. Yes, it’s true that non-Western powers have frequently engaged in imperialist ventures (e.g., Japan). But that does not somehow retroactively justify things.

    Ross Wolfe

    April 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm

  18. It should be obvious for anybody familiar with the history of French colonialism in North Africa that the idea that the ‘Barbary Pirates’ played a central role in their actions is as much a myth as the idea that Al-Andalus was some kind of multi-cultural tolerant paradise.

    Andrew Coates

    April 5, 2016 at 4:28 pm

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