Michelle Mazel

Michelle Mazel is a graduate of Sciences Po – the Institute for Political Science – and the Paris Faculté de Droit. She is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and lives in Jerusalem.

Publications by Michelle Mazel

Georges Bensoussan, A Submissive France: The Voices of Refusal

The book describes the disintegration of law and order and the threat of a resident Muslim community which refuses to accept the values of the host country. Read More »

Georges Bensoussan, Hijacking the History of the Destruction of the Jews of Europe

Despite the occasional lack of rigor and tendency toward repetition, L’histoire confisquée provides much food for thought, but little hope. Read More »

Michel Houellebecq, Soumission (Submission)

Michel Houellebecq, Soumission (Submission), Paris: Éditions Flammarion, 2015, 300 pp. Designated as “the most important novel of 2015,” Soumission, by Michel Houellebecq , is a provocative French political cautionary tale. Houellebecq is a well-known, controversial French poet, film-maker and writer. […] Read More »

French Jewry and the Dieudonné Affair

The Jewish community in France currently is in the midst of one of its most difficult periods since the end of World War II. According to the Jerusalem Post, “French aliya figures correlate with a spike in anti-Semitic attacks registered […] Read More »

Zionism in the Shadow of the Pyramids: The Zionist Movement in Egypt: 1918–1948, by Ruth Kimche

Zionism in the Shadow of the Pyramids: The Zionist Movement in Egypt: 1918–1948, by Ruth Kimche, Am Oved Publishers, 2009, 850 pp. (in Hebrew) Reviewed by Michelle Mazel This important work, yet to be translated into English, covers thirty fateful […] Read More »

The Unhappy Identity, by Alain Finkielkraut

Philosopher, essayist, and professor of “History and Modernity” at the prestigious “École Polytechnique,” Alain Finkielkraut is a frequent guest on talk shows and a regular contributor to the French media. Read More »

Could French Reporting on Israel Reflect a New Understanding?

The media in France show an inordinate interest in the Middle East and more specifically in the Palestinian issue and Israel. Read More »

Michelle Mazel on La fin du judaisme en terre d’Islam (The End of Judaism in Muslim Lands) by Shmuel Trigano

Michelle Mazel on Israël peut-il survivre? La nouvelle r ègle du jeu (Can Israel Survive? The New Rules of the game) by Michel Gurfinkiel

Michelle Mazel on Israël peut-il survivre? La nouvelle r ègle du jeu (Can Israel Survive? The New Rules of the game) by Michel Gurfinkiel

Michelle Mazel on Crossroads: Jewish Artists during the Holocaust, a catalog of the exhibition held at the National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, October 2012

Jewish Political Studies Review 23:1-2 (Spring 2011) The exhibition held at the National Museum of Art of Romania in Bucharest is another milestone in the ongoing efforts to chronicle what happened during the Holocaust in that country.  In the turbulent […] Read More »

Michelle Mazel on Le siecle identitaire ; la fin des Etats post-coloniaux (The century of identities : the end of post-colonial states by Ferhat Mehenni

Michelle Mazel on Jean-Marie Lustiger. le cardinal prophète (Jean-Marie Lustiger, the prophet- cardinal) by Henri Tincq

Michelle Mazel on l’Europe et le spectre du Califat (Europe and the Specter of the Caliphate) by Bat Ye’or

Jewish Political Studies Review 23:1-2 (Spring 2011)     Some books receive many reviews, critical or otherwise; others are met by a deafening silence. Such is the case with Europe and the Specter of the Caliphate, Bat Ye’Or’s latest contribution in her ceaseless […] Read More »

Michelle Mazel on La nouvelle propagande anti-juive, du symbole al-Dura aux rumeurs de Gaza

The New War against the Jews
La nouvelle propagande anti-juive, du symbole al-Dura aux rumeurs de Gaza (The New Anti-Jewish Propaganda, from the Al-Dura Symbol to the Rumors of Gaza), by Pierre-André Taguieff, Presses Universitaires de France, 2010. Reviewed by Michelle Mazel Read More »

Michelle Mazel on Un nom imperissable. Israel, le sionisme et la destruction des Juifs d’Europe

A Dangerous Obsession
Un nom imperissable. Israel, le sionisme et la destruction des Juifs d’Europe (A name that cannot die: Israel, Zionism and the destruction of the Jews of Europe), by Georges Bensoussan. Editions du Seuil, 2008, 300pp. [French.]
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Michelle Mazel on 1940-1945 : Années érotiques, tome I: Vichy ou les Infortunes de la vertu

An Unsavory Tale
1940-1945 : Années érotiques, tome I: Vichy ou les Infortunes de la vertu [1940-1945: Erotic years, vol. 1: Vichy or the misfortunes of virtue], by Patrick Buisson, Paris: Albin Michel, 2008, 570 pp. [French]
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Michelle Mazel on Histoire des Americains juifs [A history of American Jewry], by Françoise S. Ouzan

Not Quite the Mayflower Generation – But Close
Histoire des Americains juifs [A history of American Jewry], by Françoise S. Ouzan, Brussels: Andre Versailles, 2008, 262 pp. [French]
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Michelle Mazel on La Judéophobie des temps modernes, des Lumières au jihad mondial [Judeophobia of modern times, from the Enlightenment to world jihad], by Pierre-André Taguieff

Turning to the Past to Understand the Future
La Judéophobie des temps modernes, des Lumières au jihad mondial [Judeophobia of modern times, from the Enlightenment to world jihad], by Pierre-André Taguieff, Paris: Editions Odile Jacob, 2008, 683 pp. [French]
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Michelle Mazel on De Gaulle/Pétain Règlements de comptes [De Gaulle/Petain: Settling scores], by Herbert Lottman

The End of a Beautiful Friendship
De Gaulle/Pétain Règlements de comptes [De Gaulle/Petain: Settling scores], by Herbert Lottman, Paris : Le Grand Livre du Mois, 2008, 229 pp. [French]
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Michelle Mazel on Islamistes et naïvetés: Un acte d’accusation (Islamists and Naivists – an indictment) by Karen Jespersen and Ralf Pittelkow

A Danish Critique of Islamic Radicalism
Islamistes et naïvetés: Un acte d’accusation (Islamists and Naivists – an indictment) by Karen Jespersen and Ralf Pittelkow, Panama Editions, Paris 2007, 234 pp. [French] Translated from Danish by Nils Ahl
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Michelle Mazel on Al III-lea Reich si Holocaustul din Romania 1940-1944. Documentele din arhivele germane. (The Third Reich and the Rumanian Holocaust 1940-1944. Documents from the German Archives) by

A Long-Dormant Truth Finally Revealed
Al III-lea Reich si Holocaustul din Romania 1940-1944. Documentele din arhivele germane. (The Third Reich and the Rumanian Holocaust 1940-1944. Documents from the German Archives) by Ottmar Trasca and Dennis Deletant, Eli Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Rumania, 2007, 831pp. [Rumanian]
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Michelle Mazel on La bombe et le Coran, une biographie du president iranien Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (The Bomb and the Koran, a Biography of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) by Michel Taubman

Doctor Strangelove?
La bombe et le Coran, une biographie du president iranien Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (The Bomb and the Koran, a Biography of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) by Michel Taubman, Editions du Moment, 2008, 255 pp. [French]
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Michelle Mazel on Aristote au Mont Saint Michel by Sylvain Gougenheim

Forgotten Paths to Knowledge?
Aristote au Mont Saint Michel by Sylvain Gougenheim (Aristotle on Mount Saint Michael). Seuil, 2008. 278pp.[French]
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An Ugly Truth? Le village de l’Allemand ou le journal des Frères Schiller [The German Man’s Village or the Diary of the Schiller Brothers] a novel by Boualem Sansal. Paris: Gallimard 2008, 264pp.* Reviewed by Michelle Mazel

“When I see what the Islamists are doing where we live and elsewhere, I tell myself they will do worse than the Nazis if they take over one day,” says Malrich, one of the book’s two main protagonists, a young Muslim born in Algiers who lives in a dreary Paris suburb. (222) A suburb he says is becoming more and more like a concentration camp ruled by its two leaders he calls the Emir and the Imam. (257) The author of these inflammatory statements, the man who puts these words in the mouth of his young hero, is a Muslim himself, a man born and bred in Algiers. Read More »

Michelle Mazel on Le Juif Errant est arrivé (The Wandering Jew Is Home), by Albert Londres

The Unseen Writing on the Wall
Le Juif Errant est arrivé (The Wandering Jew Is Home), by Albert Londres, Edition Motifs, 2007, repr., 296 pp.
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Michelle Mazel on Notes sur le Coran et autres textes sur les religions

A Modest Contribution
Notes sur le Coran et autres textes sur les religions (Notes on the Koran and other Texts on Religions), by Alexis de Tocqueville, with introduction and commentary by Jean-Louis Benoît, Bayard, 2007, 175 pp. [French]
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Michelle Mazel on Les penchants criminels de l’Europe démocratique

A Chilling Analysis
Les penchants criminels de l’Europe démocratique (The Criminal Tendencies of Democratic Europe), by Jean-Claude Milner, Editions Verdier, 2003, 155 pp. [French]
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Michelle Mazel on Etre de droite: Un tabou français

A Voice in the Wilderness
Etre de droite: Un tabou français (A French Taboo: Belonging to the Right), by Eric Brunet, Albin Michel, 2006, 270 pp. [French]
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Michelle Mazel on Les mosquées de Roissy: nouvelles révélations sur l’islamisation en France

Prophet of Muslim Doom or Farsighted Politician?
Les mosquées de Roissy: nouvelles révélations sur l’islamisation en France (The Mosques of Roissy: New Revelations about Islamization in France), by Philippe de Villiers, Albin Michel, 2006, 233 pp. [French]
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Michelle Mazel on La tentation obscurantiste: Essai

A Timely Warning
La tentation obscurantiste: Essai (The Temptation of Obscurantism: An Essay), by Caroline Fourest, Grasset, 2005, 167 pp. [in French]
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Michelle Mazel on Brother Tariq: Rhetoric, Strategy and Method of Tariq Ramadan by Caroline Fourest

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?
Frère Tariq: Discours, stratègie et méthode de Tariq Ramadan (Brother Tariq: Rhetoric, Strategy and Method of Tariq Ramadan), by Caroline Fourest, Bernard Grasset, 2004, 425 pp. [in French]
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The Scandals at Lyon III – Le dossier Lyon III by Henri Rousso

For decades France has been struggling with the legacy of the war years and its responsibility for the fate of its Jews, who were first victims of racist legislation and then deported en masse with the active participation of French authorities and police. It took nearly fifty years before a French president, Jacques Chirac, formally acknowledged responsibility in the name of the Republic. Many high-ranking civil servants managed successfully for many years to avoid being brought to justice for crimes committed at that time. Coincidentally or not, a significant number of right- wing politicians and academics kept openly expressing doubts about the Holocaust and the existence of the gas chambers and are still doing so today. Read More »

Arguing from the Constitution – The Case for Sovereignty: Why the World Should Welcome American Independence by Jeremy Rabkin, AEI Press, 2004, 255 pp.

In this book Rabkin, who teaches international law and American constitutional history at Cornell University, elaborates further on Why Sovereignty Matters, an essay of his published in 1998 by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Rabkin is a staunch supporter of American sovereignty, and in this articulate, well-documented work he offers compelling arguments for resisting attempts to restrict the prerogatives of that sovereignty. Read More »

Michelle Mazel on Le dossier Lyon III

The Scandals at Lyon III
Le dossier Lyon III by Henri Rousso
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Michelle Mazel on The Case for Sovereignty: Why the World Should Welcome American Independence

Arguing from the Constitution
The Case for Sovereignty: Why the World Should Welcome American Independence by Jeremy Rabkin, AEI Press, 2004, 255 pp.
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