Over 150 French Lawmakers Urge Hollande to Recognize Palestine

  • Protester holds a Palestinian flag in front of Israeli troops during clashes against the Israeli barrier in Ramallah, the West Bank.

    Protester holds a Palestinian flag in front of Israeli troops during clashes against the Israeli barrier in Ramallah, the West Bank. | Photo: Reuters

Published 26 February 2017 (12 hours 16 minutes ago)
“Our actions must now follow our words,” read the letter signed by French lawmakers.

More than 150 French lawmakers sent a letter to President Francois Hollande Sunday calling on him to officially recognize Palestine as a state as part of the country’s commitment to the two-state solution which is being threatened by the new U.S. administration as well as the right-wing Israeli government.

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“France must demonstrate its willingness to overcome the stalemate in this conflict by solemnly reaffirming, in the name of the inalienable right to self-determination, that the Palestinian people are entitled to a state,” Socialist Party deputy Gilbert Roger wrote in the letter lawmakers addressed to the French president.

The open letter was penned by Roger but was signed by 153 lawmakers from across the political spectrum of France, where many parties have been supporters of a two-state solution and critical of Israel’s occupation and illegal settlement construction in the West Bank.

The letter came just days after Hollande reaffirmed his country’s commitment to a two-state solution after U.S. President Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he would be open to a one-state solution, breaking decades of U.S. policy in support of a two-state solution.

However, the lawmakers are calling on the president to back up his words with actions and take the symbolic yet powerful step of recognizing occupied Gaza and the West Bank as the territories that comprise a future Palestinian state.

“Our actions must now follow our words. Mr. President, show yourself up to the challenge and do not miss this rendezvous with history, (by) recognizing the State of Palestine from now on,” read the letter, which has reportedly gained the approval of lawmakers from most political groups in both of France’s parliament chambers.

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Just last month France held an international conference in Paris on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that was attended by more than 70 nations. The Palestinian leadership welcomed the French initiative but the Israeli prime minister called it a waste of time.

In 2014 the French parliament passed a bill with the support of more than 335 lawmakers urging the government to recognize Palestine.

Over the past few years, European countries have been pushed by worldwide solidarity with Palestine to pressure Israel, which since the collapse of the 2014 U.S.-sponsored talks has pressed on with building internationally-recognized illegal settlements in occupied territory the Palestinians want for their state.

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CRIF: ‘No Israel Lobby in France!’

Roger Cukierman, president of CRIF, an umbrella organization of over 100 pro-Israel French Jewish groups has claimed that his organization is not linked to Zionist movement or Israel. The Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (Le Conseil Representatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF) formed in 1977, is French duplicate of American Israel Lobby (AIPAC).

CRIF has been calling for years for banning top French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala from performing in France, Europe and North America. The Afro-French comedian is hated by the Jewish groups for his support for Palestine, Iran and Hizbullah while he makes jokes about Israel and Zionism.

French daily Le Monde published an article in October 2007 describing the Zionist lobby in France as a non-transparent and deceitful group. From that point, the issue of the Zionist lobby in France and its influence on the country’s foreign and domestic policy has been taken into consideration.

In 2012, around 112 French lawmakers, both rightists and leftists, held a festival in support of Israel. The move was aimed at opposing Palestine’s UN membership. The French parliamentarians stood up singing Israel’s national anthem.

French professor Alain Finkielkraut is known for anti-Muslim immigration to France. He claims that Muslims immigrants, usually, refuse to adopt French culture (sex out of marriage, pornography, Jewish supremacy, etc.). He believes in the Zionist narrative of the Holocaust. He is very critical of Hamas, Hizbullah, Iran and Syria. In a essay, published in the leading French daily Le Monde, October 7, 1998, Finkielkraut had boasted: “Ah, how sweet it is to be Jewish at the end of this 20th century! We are no longer History’s accused, but its darlings. The spirit of the times loves, honors, and defends us, watches over our interests; it even needs our imprimatur. Journalists draw up ruthless indictments against all that Europe still has in the way of Nazi collaborators or those nostalgic for the Nazi era. Churches repent, states do penance, Switzerland no longer knows where to stand.”

Finkielkraut was not wrong. The current French president Hollande and his foreign, interior and finance ministers are all Zionist Jews.

French Jewish lobbyists and terrorist groups have succeeded in the persecution of almost all critics of Israel, Zionism and Holocaust. French philosopher Roger Garaudy (died 2012), a Communist-convert to Islam, was fined $40,000 by a Paris court for his book, The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics. Read more about Jewish terrorism in France, here.

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