Rima Abdul Malak is indignant at “anti-Semitic remarks and attitudes” in Medina

By Le Figaro with AFP


The rapper Médine alongside Marine Tondelier, president of Europe ecology the Greens. LOU BENOIST / AFP

The Minister of Culture considers it inadmissible that the rapper was invited to the summer universities of environmentalists. He received, according to her, enormous publicity which he certainly did not deserve.

Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak ruled on Sunday that the rapper Medinainvited to the ecologists’ summer universities, had in recent years had “problematic remarks and attitudes”, ranging from a gesture to a recent tweet, both “anti-Semitic”.

During meetings of the EELV party, then a debate at the LFI summer days, at the end of August, Médine ured that he was not anti-Semitic, pleading errors and blunders, as in the controversial tweet targeting the essayist Rachel Khan –Jew and granddaughter of a deportee– for which he had to apologize.

“Medina, in recent years, has had a number of very problematic remarks and attitudes”estimated Rima Abdul Malak, guest Sunday of the program “Softpower” on France Culture.

“From the quenelle which is a very clearly anti-Semitic gesture, to song lyrics like I am going to saw off the tree of secularism (…) until a recent tweet that smacks of a fairly strong hint of anti-Semitism attacking Rachel Kahn, phobic remarks, we are not going to list them all”she continued.

For the minister, “all this cannot be described simply as that in all lightness of awkwardness. It is much more serious than a clumsiness and for me it is inadmissible “.

According to Ms. Abdul Malak, “today, the fight against anti-Semitism must have no ambiguity”. The ecologists “got lost in an attempt to create a buzz and it worked”she said again. “It made great publicity in Medina, which I regret.”

The government spokesperson, Olivier Veranhad expressed his indignation at the end of August about the coming of Medina to the EELV summer universities.

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