Far be it for this blog to cover the sexual shenanigans of the ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss- Khan, but the latest bizarre twist in the DSK saga involves the daughter of a Moroccan Jew, Gabriel Banon (pictured).
Banon is no ordinary Moroccan Jew, however. His daughter Tristane, who is accusing Strauss- Khan of attempted rape, is said to be a 'poor mixed-up kid' who has never seen her father. She is the offspring of Gabriel Banon's relationship with a French socialist politician.
Casablanca-born Banon learned much of the Koran by heart in Moroccan madrassahs. An adviser to ex-president Georges Pompidou, Banon went on to become adviser to Yasser Arafat. He mixed in the rich but murky world of the Palestinian diaspora. We do not know exactly what Banon's involvement was with Arafat's financial affairs - some say his job was money laundering. Arafat, whose wife Suha is said to be worth 800 million dollars, sacked Banon for embezzling Palestinian pension funds. After Arafat fired him, Banon went on to work for another paragon of rectitude - Vladimir Putin.
There have been court Jews (stadlanim) through the ages. Banon is said to be a friend of Andre Azoulay, the Moroccan king's adviser. But when does a stadlan became a moser (an informer) - one who betrays his people's interests? Is it a Jewish pathology to serve one's enemies - a sort of extension of the moral confusion engendered by being a 'dhimmi'?
Incidentally, Banon was not the only Jew to work for Yasser Arafat - the late Raffaelo Fellah, a Libyan Jew, was also an economic adviser to the PLO leader.