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Houria Bouteldja

Houria Bouteldja is a French-Algerian political activist and writer who uses her position and platform to spread dangerous antisemitic libel against the Jewish people. An advocate for the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Bouteldja is best known for her work as a spokesperson for the Parti des Indigènes de la République (Party of the Indigenous of the Republic), a French political organization that advocates for the rights of immigrants and descendants of immigrants in France, particularly those of North African and African descent.

Bouteldja remains a highly controversial figure due to her antisemitic and homophobic statements as she often makes a habit of using tropes vilifying both in her writings and speeches, including referring to Jews as “the new priests of the dominant ideology” and claiming that Jews hold a privileged position in French society.

The majority of Houria Bouteldja’s statements and writings have been criticized as antisemitic by various individuals and organizations. In her widely criticized book, “Whites, Jews, and Us: Towards a Politics of Revolutionary Love,” Bouteldja referred to “panicked Jewish elites” as those who control the government and claimed that Jews hold a privileged position in French society. This assertion has been criticized as promoting antisemitic stereotypes.  

Moreover, in a 2017 speech, Bouteldja’s statement that she “could not care less” about the murder of Jewish woman Sarah Halimi, who was killed by a Muslim neighbor in Paris because Halimi was “a colonizer,” was widely condemned as inciting violence against the Jewish people. 

Furthermore, Bouteldja has faced criticism for her use of antisemitic language in her criticism of Zionism and the state of Israel. In a 2013 interview, she referred to Zionism as a “criminal ideology” and claimed that it “shares the same DNA as Nazism.” 

Additionally, her use of the phrase “Jewish lobby” in her writings has been viewed as promoting antisemitic conspiracies and tropes that are harmful to Jews. 

Additional examples of Houria Bouteldja’s dangerous ideology against the Jewish people and other minorities include:

In 2020, Bouteldja was subject to legal action due to her ongoing harassment of April Benayoum, a French beauty queen who is also Jewish. Bouteldja used antisemitic language in reference to Benayoum, including the phrase “Hitler forgot to exterminate you, Miss Provence.

Despite Bouteldja’s prejudiced sentiments, she remained a prominent figure in French politics and activism and has been invited to speak at events and conferences around the world. 

StopAntisemitism was disgusted to learn Yale University’s European Studies Council invited Houria Bouteldja to speak on their campus during Passover. Yale’s Jewish students deserve to feel safe on campus, free from antisemitic bigots like Houria Bouteldja. 

How can YOU help? Email Email President Salovey to voice your concern regarding Yale hosting Houria Bouteldja this past week.