Jean Daniel

French journalist and writer (1920-2020)

Jean Daniel Bensaid (21 July 1920 – 19 February 2020)[1] was an Algerian-born French Jewish journalist and author. He is the founder and executive editor of Le Nouvel Observateur weekly. He was born in Blida, Algeria. He is a member of the Saint-Simon Foundation think-tank.

Jean Daniel

In La prison juive: Humeurs et méditations d'un témoin (The Jewish Prison), Daniel argues that prosperous Jews in the west live in a self-imposed prison made of up of three invisible walls: the idea of the Chosen People, Holocaust remembrance, and support for Israel.[2]


  • The Jewish Prison: a Rebellious Meditation on the State of Judaism translated into English by Charlotte Mandell, 2005, Melville House Publishing, USA


  1. "Jean Daniel est mort" (in French). Le Nouvel Obs. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  2. "We Already Miss His Vigilance" TELOS 44 (Summer 1980). New York: Telos Press