France’s Melanchon Promises to Recognize Palestinian State

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    Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of France Unbowed, speaking to supporters following the election victory, July 7, 2024. Source: YouTube.

    FRANCE  (JNS) – Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of France Unbowed (La France Insoumise), a key member of the victorious left-wing New Popular Front (NPF) coalition in Sunday’s National Assembly elections, said his government would recognize the “State of Palestine” as soon as possible.

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    Mélenchon made his remarks to a large gathering of supporters following the win.

    Recognizing a Palestinian state has been a key campaign promise of New Popular Front. At a rally in May, Mélenchon said, “France must recognize the Palestinian state now.”

    Other France Unbowed members reiterated that promise. Mathilde Panot, a France Unbowed candidate re-elected in the Val-de-Marne, said, “Within the next two weeks, we will recognize the State of Palestine.”

    The New Popular Front has condemned Israel’s Gaza operation as “genocide” and Mélanchon has been accused of antisemitism. He has refused to call Hamas a terrorist group.

    Two weeks after the Oct. 7 attack, Mélanchon accused Yaël Braun-Pivet, the Jewish president of the National Assembly, then paying a solidarity visit to Israel, of “camping out in Tel Aviv to encourage the massacre.”

    Prominent French Jews decried Mélanchon’s victory.

    Public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy tweeted on Sunday: “The left has once again fallen prey to the infamous Mélenchon. Surrounding him now are some of the new faces of antisemitism. A chilling moment indeed.”

    Writing in news magazine Causeur on Monday, non-Jewish French journalist Céline Pina questioned whether there were “still red lines in politics now that antisemitism has become a value assumed by the left.

    “Well, if the very fact that we can ask ourselves this question does not speak to our collective moral decline, I do not know what will,” Pina added.

    The far-left won the National Assembly elections in large part due to agreements struck with French President Emmanuel Macron and his centrist Renaissance party, who wanted to stop the rise of the right-wing National Rally, which was on the threshold of a major victory following the first-round results on June 30.

    Many French Jews reported feeling betrayed by Macron for siding with what they considered an antisemitic party.


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    Jabotinsky
    Jabotinsky
    9 days ago

    Watch American election in November. A democrat winner will call for a Pali state. We’re at a crossroads here and moving left . Mesnwhile, heimishe chevra don’t want to see or hear. Time’s up, and don’t let our leaders lead you otherwise.

    La Foule
    La Foule
    9 days ago

    Israeli Diaspora minister Chikli , in a Haaretz interview a while back was warm toward Le Pen’s stances on Hamas & Israel. Come the French Jews themselves and are against her and support the left. Jews may be book smart, business savvy, but stoooopid as a wet mop when it comes to themselves and politics. You fools have been smacked now.

    lipale
    lipale
    9 days ago

    time for all French Jews to emigrate to Israel

    Pierre
    Pierre
    9 days ago

    There you go- mort a la France- death to France

    zumy
    zumy
    9 days ago

    Melanchon should have a short tenure and long suffering.

    Miami Beach bum
    Miami Beach bum
    9 days ago

    VP Kamala Harris praises the emotion of anti Israel protesters in an interview.
    (Arutz7 website)

    Same old
    Same old
    9 days ago

    What do you expect from a nation that willingly happily handed over their Jews population and also built the only contribution camp that was run by the French

    mee hoo ze
    mee hoo ze
    9 days ago

    Interesting that the party name is similar to the popular front for liberation of Palestine which is a terrorist org.

    Alta Bubby
    Alta Bubby
    9 days ago

    Supported by Muslims and Jew haters
    You have no Idea what you are supporting
    Sharia law is pn its way to you
    Goid point is
    No more lesbians, fags, homosexuality

    Democrats support mutilating confused children.
    Democrats support mutilating confused children.
    9 days ago

    Charlie Hall is fully supportive of the hamas left being in charge.

    Educated Archy
    Educated Archy
    9 days ago

    Careful what you wish for here in the USA. if Kamala momola wins she will do the same. Better off with Biden

    Marcia
    Marcia
    8 days ago

    This is snowballing everywhere. We are only seeing the beginning of a sad chapter

    Doc
    Doc
    8 days ago

    great now which of these areas is he going to surrender to the Islamist so they can establish their own space ? Paris, Marseille,Lyon,Toulouse, Nice,Nantes, Montpellier. His choice to give them what they want even if it furthers the demise of his country

    Kate
    Kate
    7 days ago

    There will be major brain drain in France as Jews are preparing to get out.

    Turk
    Turk
    3 days ago

    The new Palestinians state is France ,just changing its name

    Charlie Hall
    Charlie Hall
    9 days ago

    It isn’t up to Melanchon.