Monday, January 17, 2011

ENS Cancels Hessel Lecture

Stéphane Hessel, a venerable résistant, drafter of the postwar UN declaration of the human rights, and the author of the bestselling pamphlet Indignez-vous! (more than 500,000 copies sold), has been banned from speaking at the École Normale Supérieure of Paris in support of a movement to boycott Israeli products and divest investments in Israeli firms. Éric Fassin defends Hessel's right to speak without taking a position on the movement to boycott and divest.

The "boycott, divest, and sanction" movement against Israel has aroused fierce opposition in the US. This seems now to be spreading to France. Hessel's involvement gives the movement a particularly high profile there.

Le Pen Minister?

A provocative post by Bernard Girard considers the possibility.