New French president ‘will not recognise Palestine’
May 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm
Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated that he will not recognise Palestine as a state as it would hinder good relations between Israel and France
Prior to his election win, Macron said he backs a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that recognising Palestine would cause instability and he would not risk France’s relationship with Israel to serve the Palestinian agenda. At a political rally Macron said:
Unilateral recognition of Palestine, right now, will undermine stability,
That’s right. France’s new liberal president would rather maintain good relations with Israel than recognize “Palestine.”
French Jews may have voted en masse for Emmanuel Macron in the final round of France’s presidential elections, but that doesn’t make him their dream president.
Like many other supporters of the 39-year-old former investment banker, who became the youngest French president in recent history, Jews voted for Macron mainly to block his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen. The centrist won with 65 percent of the vote, to 34 percent for Le Pen.
International call for day of global one-day hunger strikes for Palestinian prisoners, 25 May
May 22, 2017 at 11:47 pm
Internationalist activists and organisers issued a call for a global one-day hunger strike on 25 May in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. On 17 April 2017, 1500 Palestinian political prisoners, out of a total of nearly 6500 in Israeli prisons, launched the Strike for Dignity and Freedom.
The strikers’ demands are for basic human rights: an end to the denial of family visits, proper health care and medical treatment, the right to access distance higher education and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.
A number of solidarity strikes have been organised internationally, including a three-day strike in Paris organised by the initiator of the global call for hunger strike, CAPJPO-EuroPalestine. Additional actions have been organised in Edinburgh, Manchester, Brussels, Chicago, Turin and elsewhere. A one-day hunger strike in South Africa included the participation of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and numerous anti-apartheid veterans and former political prisoners.
“Given the critical situation of the Palestinian prisoners and the Israeli refusal to take their just demands into account, an appeal is made to all people of conscience in the world to mobilize in the streets on Thursday, 25 May, by observing a hunger strike to show their solidarity with the heroic resistance of the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike since 17 April,” writes EuroPalestine.
Several cities have already confirmed their participation in a collective hunger strike on this day, including Washington, DC, London, Paris, Sydney, Dublin, Lyon, Nimes and Albertville.