The Ophuls documentary looks amazing!
Two very telling moments of the trailer are the two segments with the French-Israeli Jews: both of them compare Israel to French Algeria, the other Western settler-colonial project in the Arab world. And the rabbi outs himself as an admirer of Salan and the OAS, the French colonial terrorist group that killed Algerian civilians and French officials alike in the waning months of the war.
They share the stereotypical mentality of the pieds-noirs, the French ex-colonials that returned to France after the Algerian War: “the Arabs booted us out of Algeria, and now they’re coming for us here, too. Never!” That’s why the pieds-noirs are one of the electoral bases of the FN (the far-right party) in France. And I live in area where there’s a ton of them, woe is me
This mentality also exacerbates the Zionism of much of the French Jewish community today: since the end of the war, the majority of French Jews are Sephardic Jews–Jews from North Africa. They were actually natives of Algeria, like Algerian Muslims, but were assimilated into the colonial population, starting with the Crémieux Decree of 1870 that granted them French citizenship. The tragic irony being that, while this turned them into colonial foreigners in the eyes of the Muslim population, the local Europeans were for their part very opposed to the process (which was being pushed by the métropole) and were probably the most antisemitic demographic in France, filling the ranks of the French fascist parties in the 1930s, and later massively supporting the Vichy regime (further proving that colonialism produces the worst societies and the worst people, outside of maybe slavery-based societies).
So these French-Israelis come from a community that already saw Arabs as hostile, and yet also faced antisemitism from the European colonials. And they took their issues with them to Israel, and now the Palestinians, who already serve as Nazi stand-ins for the Ashkenazim, can also play the part of FLN fighter for the Sephardim (the latter being much more accurate, since the Palestinians’ struggle, like the Algerians’, is an anticolonial one). This makes the Sephardic Jews in Israel two-time colonials, which explains the hardcore racism of the two in the trailer.
PS: this also explains why the French President, François Hollande, pandered to the CRIF (the umbrella group of organized French Jewry) during a speech he gave at their yearly dinner by cracking a joke at Algeria’s expense, declaring that the French Minister of the Interior (now PM, and a pro-Israeli, Islamophobic dogwhistling a**hole to boot) had returned “safe and sound” from Algeria, and that that was “already a lot” (“c’est déjà beaucoup”). His audience loved it.