On the 14th May 1998 the State of Israel celebrated the 50th Jubilee of it’s creation (14 May 1948). Celebration took place in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as many other cities around the world which harbour large Jewish communities. One particular ceremony in Paris deserves some special mention, for it raises a very odd question regarding ex-president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak and members of the Cultural Ministry and the Antiquities Ministry.
In early May 1998 Hosni Mubarak and Farouk Hosni (then Egypt’s minister of Culture) as well as the Egyptian Abassador in Paris, as well as representatives of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, convened in the city of Paris on the invitation of French president Jacques Chirac.
On the 14th May, for this occasion, a ceremony was organized at the Place de la Concorde at the foot of the Egyptian obelisk belonging to the pharaoh Ramses II which once stood at the entrance of the Temple of Luxor in Upper Egypt. At this occasion a golden captone for the obelisk that had been specially commissioned by Jaques Chirac was unveiled by the Egyptian Ambassador and France’s Minister of Culture.
There is a strange history to this obelisk: the removal of this obelisk was negotiated on behalf of France in the early 1800s by Salvatore Zola, the French Consul in Alexandria, and the Egyptian authorities headed by the Khedive Mohammad Ali. It had been specifically chosen by Jean-Francois Champollion for its quality of importance. The obelisk was eventually brought to Paris in 1836 and raised in the Place de la Concorde at the very spot that Louis XIV had been beheaded. Some 200,000 people attended the event. The whole affair had a ‘masonic’ flavour to it as indeed all other similar events that took place in other capitals of the world such as at London’s Victoria Embankment (with one of the obelisks of Tutmoses III) and New York ‘s Central Park (with another obelisk of Tutmoses III). See my book Secret Chamber (Century Books 1999).
The peculiarity of the event of the 14th May 1998 in Paris is not only the choice of date that concords with the 50th Jubilee of the ‘Zionist’ State of Israel but also another very instriguing connection with an event that took place in the 1890s that actually is at the very root of the Zionist movement.
In 1890 Alfred Dreyfus, an officer in the French Army, was wrongly imprisoned for allegedly spying for the Germans. In fact he was arrested for his Jewish affiliation. This so-called ‘Dreyfus Affair’ exposed the strong anti-Semitism in France and in its goverment. The matter took on an international quality when the author Emile Zola, a Freemason, wrote an article, famously known as J’acuse’, in the newspaper l’Aurore where he accused the French goverment of Anti-semitism. The German-Jewish journalist Theodore Herzl was sent to cover the story and, apparently so influenced was he by the Dreyfus Affair, that upon his return founded the World Zionist Organization that would lead in 1948 to the formation of the State of Israel under a Zionist goverment.
The curious link that connects the ‘Dreyfus Affair’, Emile Zola, Theodore Herzl and the World Zionist Organization, as well as the foundation of the State of Israel to the event that took place in Paris on the 14th May 1998 is the name of the multi-millionaire Pierre Berge on the plaque that was fixed on the obelisk to commemorate this occasion. Pierre Berge is famously know for having been the co-founder of the Yves Saint Laurent fashion empire (he was also the lover of Yves Saint Laurent). Recently Berge bought the villa of Emile Zola at Medan which is being converted into a museum dedicated to Alfred Dreyfus.
It was during the 14th May 1998 ceremony that Egypt’s minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced that a similar ceremony i.e. the placing of a golden capstone on the Great Pyramid of Giza, would take place on the 31st December 1999 to commemorate the millennium. This event, although much publicized in the international media, was cancelled at the last minute amid accusation of a Masonic-Zionist plot (see Bauval and Hancock’s The Master Game, to be published in August 2011).