The policy of the State of Israel, a recurring subject of division for the French left
Communist Deputy Jean-Paul Lecoq and his colleague Pierre Dharréville, at the National ***embly, October 19,…
The communist deputy for Seine-Maritime Jean-Paul Lecoq is keen on it. Her resolution “condemning the institutionalization by the State of Israel of an apartheid regime resulting from its colonial policy”, filed in April at the office of the National ***embly, will be examined first during the parliamentary niche of the Democratic and Republican Left group, Thursday, May 4. After a thwarted journey and with little chance of being adopted.
In July 2022, the text had aroused the condemnation of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF) and criticism from the socialist deputy Jérôme Guedj, for whom the text “Israel’s detestation exudes”. The resolution has since been amended. It displays from its title the “need for a two-state solution” and no longer say that “Israeli authorities treat Palestinians as an inferior racial group”. “Among communist colleagues, this reference had been misunderstood”recognizes Mr. Lecoq.
After the tensions of the summer, the text lost signatories. No more socialist names appear at the bottom of the page. At the national office of the Socialist Party (PS), Tuesday evening, May 2, the unanimous position which emerged is that of a vote against. The office should, moreover, adopt an internal resolution demanding the recognition of Palestine, condemning the policy of colonization, the “illiberal drift” of the right-wing government allied with the extreme right, and rejecting the term “apartheid”. By using it, “Consciously or subliminally, we would be endorsing an unacceptable and counter-productive delegitimization of the State of Israel”believes the PS deputy of Essonne Jérôme Guedj. As for the ecologists, who have two signatory deputies, they wonder about the choice of the word “apartheid”, and about its divisive power.
The communist Jean-Paul Lecoq, with his resolution, says he wants to bring the left to what he considers to be its fundamentals: “I hope there is still something left on the left about solidarity with the Palestinian people. All the campaigns accusing us of anti-Semitism challenge and may frighten some people, but I hope that the freedom of analysis and expression of left-wing MPs will go beyond that. »
On the side of La France insoumise (LFI), the text is seen favorably, although with more or less caution according to the deputies. The deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis Eric Coquerel did not sign it. “We must never give in to anti-Semitism, and nothing either to amalgamating speeches where any criticism of the Israeli government is worth anti-Semitism”he believes, judging ” intolerable “ this ***imilation. Since at least 2019 and the statements of Emmanuel Macron considering that anti-Zionism constitutes the“one of the modern forms of anti-Semitism”the left struggles to find a space to speak out in which to hold its line without being accused of anti-Semitism.
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