French Politician Mélenchon Condemned for Attacks on Jewish Group

The French hard-line leader has been accused of “legitimizing terrorism” since Hamas’ violent attack on Israel.

Far-left French politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon has been condemned as “an enemy of the Republic” by the head of the country’s largest collective of Jewish organizations after a series of remarks about ongoing deadly events in Israel and in Palestine.

The president of the Council of French Jewish Institutions, CRIF, described as “abject” the position expressed by the far-left leader on the recent Hamas attack in Israel.

“Jean-Luc Mélenchon chose not to express himself in solidarity with Israel but to legitimize terrorism by assimilating Israel to Hamas,” declared Yonathan Arfi, the day after direct criticism from the leader of La France Insoumise on the CRIF which implements the agenda of a “far-right” government.

On Monday, Mélenchon wrote on CRIF isolated and prevented the solidarity of the French with the desire for peace and the demand for an immediate ceasefire.”

This message was sent hours after several rallies that CRIF had helped organize in solidarity with Israel and its citizens following the leadership of Hamas fighters.

The surprise offensive, which appears to have been carefully planned, killed more than 900 people in Israel, including many civilians, and some 150 hostages were taken. Nearly 700 people have been killed so far on the Palestinian side.

In addition, 1,500 fighters from the Islamist movement were killed during the attack.

Since then, Israel has launched a massive attack on Gaza, cutting off all supplies and bombarding neighborhoods with airstrikes.

“Legitimize violence”

Government spokesperson Olivier Véran harshly criticized Mélenchon and the positions he has taken since the Hamas attack.

“Jean-Luc Mélenchon, he is all hateful,” declared Véran on franceinfo, in reaction to the attacks of the leader of the Insoumis against the CRIF.

Véran, who participated in the main CRIF rally in Paris, declared that “the time for emotion and mobilization is for Israel and the Jewish community.”

For the government spokesperson, Mélenchon’s remarks are the mark of “someone who decided that it was good to legitimize the use of violence, at the very least to excuse it”, and who is keen to “virulent and contrarian remarks” at all times.

“It’s no longer politics, it’s a moral question,” said CRIF president Arfi. “Jean-Luc Mélenchon always takes the side of totalitarianism: he supports Russia against Ukraine, China against Taiwan and today, in a way, Hamas against Israel. It’s a constant: he is always on the wrong side of History.

“He is outside the Republican pact… and above all he opens the way to the National Rally because his excesses play into the hands of the National Rally. »

Beyond its leader, LFI as a whole has been criticized since Saturday, both by the executive and by its left-wing allies, for positions considered ambiguous, even complacent towards Hamas.

Véran also denounced “this current of the French extreme left which is sinking into this sort of permanent drift” and which, according to him, is “not up to the challenge of History”.

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