There is no mistaking Peter Allen's bias in this report. It's one of the worst pieces of reporting I've ever read. I reproduce it here as an example of the antisemitic bias in the European press.
France's Socialist government provoked outrage today by becoming the first in the world to ban protests against Israeli action in Palestine.
In what is viewed as an outrageous attack on democracy, Socialist Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said mass demonstrations planned for the weekend should be halted.
Mr Cazeneuve said there was a ‘threat to public order’, while opponents said he was ‘criminalising’ popular support of the Palestinian people. Seriously? How is preventing riots criminalizing anyone? Or do the Pro-Palestinians think that rioting is their right?
|Pro-Palestinian demonstrators take to the streets of Paris on Sunday|
But Mr Cazeneuve fears there might be a repeat of the fights between ‘ultra’ Jewish vigilantes and pro-Palestinians which happened after a demonstration last Sunday.
Referring to the main Paris march, Mr Cazeneuve said: ‘I consider that the conditions are not right to guarantee security.’
|Socialist Interior Minister |
Anyone who turns up to an illegal demonstration now faces up to a year in prison, and a 15,000 euro fine.
If they hide their faces to avoid being identified, this sentence can be increased to three years, and a 45,000 fine.
Even those who publish details of an illegal rally on social media face up to a year in prison, and a 15,000 euro fine.
This can be increased to seven years and a 100,000 fine if the postings lead to violence.
Mr Cazeneuve also advised other prefects across France to examine planned marches on a ‘case by case’ basis, and to ban ‘if appropriate’.
But Michele Sibony, of the Jewish Union for Peace, said: ‘By outlawing free speech by pro-Palestinian demonstrators, France puts itself in a unique position in the world and Europe.’ It's quite telling that Jews would actually stand up for the right of pro-Palestinian supporters to demonstrate. I absolutely guarantee that the reverse would never happen in a million years.
And Youssef Boussoumah, of the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) said: ‘France is criminalising any show of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Don't be absurd! I'm sure there are many ways to show solidarity with the Palestinian people that are not likely to cause rioting and are not illegal.
‘This is an absolute outrage, it is a continuation of attempts to muzzle the Palestinian people and to get them and their supporters in France to surrender absolutely to Israel's oppression.’ Take a pill and calm down, Youssef, you're all wound up and spouting nonsense. Jews are leaving France in droves because of violence from Muslims, and yet you accuse Israel of oppression.
Gazan's started every conflict with Israel which is just trying to survive - when they defend themselves, you call that oppression.
Check out the conditions of Palestinians in neighbouring Arab countries if you want to see oppression. The refugee camps there are horrendous - the people are not allowed to work, they get no medical care, they live in atrocious conditions, while Palestinians within Israel live far better than most Arabs in most of Islam.
Palestinians in Israel have full citizenship, in Syria, they have the same rights as Syrians but no citizenship while they live in 12 refugee camps. In Lebanon, most Palestinians have full citizenship except 120,000 - all from Gaza. There are 13 refugee camps in Lebanon.
Egypt gives its 50,000 Palestinians no permanent residency or refugee status. UNRWA does not work in Egypt. 2/3rds of the 34,000 Palestinians in Iraq have fled the country or were killed by militant groups - Islamic militant groups.
All told, 2/3rds of all Palestinians - 6.6 million, are refugees. Those who are treated the best are certainly those living in Israel.
|Palestinian refugee in Tyre, Lebanon|
Sylvie Perrot, another pro-Palestine activist from Paris, said: ‘Fascist states stop people demonstrating against wars – it is beyond belief that French Socialists are following their example.’
There were false claims made last week that synagogues in Paris had been targeted by pro-Palestinian demonstrators.
In fact videos showed armed vigilantes from a group called the Jewish Defence League (LDJ) baiting demonstrators into fights. Was it the LDJ that started the demonstration?
|A protester wearing a gas mask holds a fake rocket |
during protests in Paris over the weekend
Six pro-Palestine protesters were arrested for a variety of public order offences, but none had been anywhere near Paris synagogues, which remained undamaged. Could it be that they were undamaged because the LDJ defended them by keeping the mob away from the synagogues?
A judicial enquiry is set to be launched into the false allegations made about the synagogue attacks – ones which people claim were made up to demonise supporters of Palestine by associating them with anti-Semitism. What an absurd idea! Pro-Palestinian supporters don't need any plots to demonize them.
On Friday night lawyers for a number of groups hoping to campaign on behalf of Palestine on Saturday lodged an appeal against the ban in a Paris court.