This is not surprising. The French recently voted to recognize an Islamic Jew-hatred state in Israel, as if to seal this hate and violence into the annals of duplicitous and foul French history. The list is long and every name on it is the shame of the French state and people: Alfred Dreyfus, Helene Berr, Ilan Halimi, Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, Arye Sandler, Gabriel Sandler, Miriam Monsonego…and now this.
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“Paris suburb honors convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti,” JTA, December 29, 2014:
JTA – The municipality of a Parisian suburb honored Palestinian Fatah faction leader Marwan Barghouti, who is serving multiple life sentences in Israel for acts of terrorism against civilians.
The naming of Barghouti as honorary citizen of Aubervilliers on December 22 came shortly before a French court ordered the nullification of an honor conferred by another Parisian suburb, Bezons, on another Palestinian, Majdi Irhima al-Rimawi, who assassinated Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi more than a decade earlier.
CRIF, the umbrella organization of French Jewish organizations, on December 24 wrote to Aubervilliers Mayor Pascal Beaudet, who was elected as representative of the Communist Party of France, to protest against the decision to honor Barghouti, which the city described in a statement as part of its commitment to support what it described as political prisoners, including Barghouti and the late president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
“Nelson Mandela, whom you have the audacity of referencing, was indeed a political activist sentenced to prison, but for his opinions – not his actions,” CRIF President Roger Cukierman wrote.
In September, another communist mayor of a municipality near Paris also honored Barghouti, by naming a street after him. Valenton Mayor Francoise Baud also named a square after Mandela on the same day.
The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, is currently in a legal fight with Valenton over the dedication of Barghouti Alley, which BNVCA says constitutes incitement to violence at a time when the prevalence of anti-Semitic crimes is increasing.
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