A French activist said on Friday that a decision to ban pro-Palestinian protests in Paris was a “continuation of France’s racist policies.”
Yasser Louati, head of the Justice and Freedoms for All committee, told Anadolu news agency that due to pressure from Jewish institutions, including the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, the French are afraid of being labeled as ‘”anti-Semitic. ”
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin called on police to ban pro-Palestinian protests in Paris on Thursday after tensions rose in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.
Louati said Darmanin’s decision was the result of pressure from the Zionist lobby in France.
“Darmanin’s decision, Macron’s statement supporting Israel’s civilian massacre in Gaza while degrading Palestinian resistance into ‘Hamas missiles’ is a preparation against the potential wrath of the Zionists,” he said. “It is also a total commitment to Israeli politics.”
Louati accused France of being once again on the wrong side of history.
He criticized the French media for emphasizing Israel’s right to self-defense and said: “There is terrible hypocrisy in the French media which shows the cruel as oppressed and the oppressed as cruel. “
The decision to ban pro-Palestinian protests will not prevent protesters from showing their sympathy to the Palestinians. “We’ll show whether they want it or not,” he said.
“If the Palestinians can cope with Israeli bombs, genocide and ethnic cleansing, we can demonstrate despite police tear gas and the risk of arrest,” he said.
He noted recent violence by French police against protests in the yellow west and said France violated the right of association, assembly, freedom of conscience and freedom of expression.
“We have seen it in the law on ‘separatism’, which is against the existence of Muslims as citizens, and in the law on world security, which prohibits the filming of police violence,” he said. he declares.
“I refuse to allow France to teach other countries about human rights and freedoms,” he added.
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