The first person to make an offensive Jewish joke about the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn was professional fire breather Ann Coulter in a tweet playing off the identity of the hotel maid, a devout Muslim from West Africa.
But for France, a country with the third largest Jewish population in the world, the arrest of Strauss-Kahn in connection with rape allegations was no laughing matter. “We lost a friend,” said Rabbi Michel Serfaty, president of the Jewish-Muslim Friendship of France in an interview with the JTA news service. “With DSK there was no doubt he was a member of the community, interested in Israel, that we have lost.” Making the scandal a "particularly harsh blow," the IMF chief was France's most popular politican and well on his way to becoming France's first Jewish president (excluding, of course, 1930s Prime Minister Léon Blum). A rarity for anyone in France, Strauss-Kahn wore his religious identity proudly and expressed an attachment to Israel.
Interestingly, as Jewish community leaders bemoaned the scandal, they still shared kind of creepy details about Strauss-Kahn's promiscuity. “It is very painful for us,” said Marc Djebali, vice president of the Sarcelles Jewish community in the Paris suburbs. “I know him well. I’ve even seen him seduce a woman, but it was always with gentleness. He is someone who is very warm, and we never felt any problems of violence from him.”