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On Anti-Semitism in Quebec and JONATHAN

Can Anti-Semitism in Quebec be rooted out?

by Graham Fraser

It is interesting to note that this fall, the first issue of Jonathan has been published, a French language Jewish publication from the Québec-Israel Committee. The publisher, Victor Teboul, has contributed perhaps more than anyone else to a first reading of antisemitism in Quebec in his book Mythe et images du Juif au Québec.

 

It is a study of the images of the Jew in Quebec literature. And a hair-curling study it is, revealing the Jew as a deeply rooted malignant figure in one work after another.

Teboul's book was published four years ago. Yet the illustrative examples, sadly, do not end.

 

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More than anyone else, Teboul is familiar with that nasty stereotype in Quebec literature. He concludes his book saying that "it seems that the Jewish personality remains a stranger in the Québec imagination because he is not perceived as being, or being able to be, part of the collective memory and the cultural space of Quebec."

It is a testimony to Teboul’s faith in Quebec society’s capacity for openness that he should commit himself to changing that by launching a magazine like Jonathan.

Grahama Fraser’s column, Can antisemitism in Quebec be rooted out ? The Gazette, November 3, 1981.

 



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