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  • We cannot let France silence its humanist Jews

    Jewish anti-occupation activist Olivia Zemor faces a lawsuit from a pro-Israel group after calling for celebrities to boycott Israel. Here's why I'm going to France to testify on her behalf.  By Udi Aloni This week I am traveling to Paris to serve as an expert witness in court. In an unprecedented move, the French government has allied with a right-wing, pro-Israeli group to file a SLAPP lawsuit against the nonviolent struggle for justice in Palestine, and specifically against Olivia Zemor, a Jewish activist from the left-wing NGO Europalestine. [tmwinpost] The story began seven years ago when French activist and chairwoman…

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  • We'll always have Paris

    While the French gave the world a lesson in hope, democracy and standing up to fascism, the Israeli government advanced a childish, nationalistic law that declares: we are Jews, they are Arabs, we’re good, they’re bad. By Alon Mizrahi Europe and the world expect us to defend the spirit of the Enlightenment, under threat in so many places. They expect us to defend freedom everywhere, to protect the oppressed... They expect us to be just who we are. They expect us to bring a new hope, a new humanism to the world … they expect us, finally, to be ourselves.…

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  • Two bad choices for leftists in France

    The hope of having a presidential candidate who advocates for genuine change vanished on Sunday, and reality slapped us in the face. We now have to choose between a cheery capitalist and a fascist with a shark's smile. By Maxime Benatouil PARIS — Some traditions are meant to be kept intact. In spite of technological improvements, the announcement of the French presidential election's first round results hasn't changed a bit. At exactly 8 p.m. on election night, the faces of the two contenders qualified for the final round appear on the TV screen and are usually welcomed with screams of…

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  • Liberal Europe doesn't understand: The burkini is a feminist issue

    By banning the burkini, the French view themselves as the ones liberating veiled women from Muslim patriarchy. Instead they are only imposing a different form of oppression. By Eiad Shalabne The images of French policemen handing out tickets to Muslim women in religious garb on the beaches of Nice this past week reflect a depressing interpretation of the essence of democracy and freedom of religion in the West, and specifically France. Under the guise of "women's liberation" and secularism, France's elected officials are trying to limit the presence of Muslim women in the public space by establishing guidelines for how women must undress when they…

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  • Marwan Barghouti is planning a comeback — from behind bars

    He may be serving five consecutive life sentences in an Israeli prison but Marwan Barghouti is the only leader who has a chance to succeed Mahmoud Abbas and unite the Palestinian people. This is how he plans on doing it. By Menachem Klein Until recently Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was considered only a lame duck. Long ago he had promised not to run for president in the next elections. Not a single politician threatened him, he did not appoint a vice president, and elections never took place. But over the past two weeks Abbas has gone from lame duck to…

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  • No, Mr. Netanyahu, answers to terrorism are not all the same

    The prime minister compares Israel’s predicament with the Palestinians to France’s current one with jihadists, but the true comparison is to France’s struggle with Algeria in the 1950s and early 1960s. In Paris early this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drove home a message he’s been delivering for decades: "Israel supports Europe in its fight against terrorism, and it's time Europe support Israel in the same exact struggle." But he’s wrong. Europe and Israel are not caught up in the same struggle. They don’t face the same terrorism, either. Despite Netanyahu’s claim, which he says was only reinforced by the…

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  • France must not push Muslims into the arms of extremists

    The terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket were well-trained, spoke French and knew their actions would play into the hands of France's Islamophobic right. Let's not give them what they're after. By Yossi Dahan As Israel's news outlets covered the terrorist attacks in Paris, we watched how our analysts and correspondence suddenly became experts on the Republic of France and Islam. We watch as they compete over who does a better job mocking French naiveté - over the "political correctness" by which the French treat the Muslims as equal citizens. The French have likely not seen Tzvi…

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  • The real reason Bibi wants French Jews to move to Israel

    By calling on France's Jews to move to Israel, Netanyahu is promoting a worldview in which there is no national conflict, no occupation and no Palestinian people. There are only Jews and radical Muslims.  The terror attacks in France have caused Netanyahu to, once again, conflate his role as prime minister with his imaginary role as supreme leader of the Jewish people, and call on the Jews of France to immigrate to Israel. Strange. The leader of a country that is constantly in a state of war, and that every few years actually goes to war, is imploring France's Jews to leave…

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  • France needs no one's advice on fighting Islamist terror

    A look at the facts. In Israel and America, France has this reputation of being the ultimate effete, left-liberal country – so politically correct, so multiculti, so morally relativist and scared to death of offending any minority, especially Muslims, that it’s incapable of dealing with the threat of jihadist terror. Israelis and Americans (led of course by Bibi Netanyahu) are now lecturing the French that they have to wake up, get tough, crack down on these bastards or they’re going to be conquered by them.  (A lot of right-wing French are saying the same thing.) I don’t think that’s going…

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  • France Decapitated (again)

    [Completely off topic] The New York Times' Roger Cohen recently traveled to Paris and didn't like what he saw. His latest op-ed is titled "France Decapitated," and it predicts a dark future for The Republic. My favorite Francophile, former Haaretz Editor in Chief Dov Alfon, who now publishes a great Hebrew-language magazine called Alaxon, adds some figures from the NYT's archive (on his Facebook page): Year in which The New York Times first described France as "a state in decline": 1852 Number of times the "decline" of France was described in The New York Times since then: 35,400 Date of the…

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  • What’s the significance of a 'settlement-free Europe?'

    The direct effects of official sanctions against Israeli settlements are limited. But the momentum created by such moves inspires and pushes private actors to take their own steps in the same direction. France on Tuesday published a warning to its citizens against doing business in or with Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Golan Heights and East Jerusalem. The UK issued a similar official warning to its citizens late last year, and according to Haaretz’s Barak Ravid, Italy and Spain are expected to make similar announcements soon. There has been an open movement in the halls of European power in…

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  • PHOTOS: French authorities threaten to destroy migrant camps

    Migrants in Calais, France occupy a food distribution center to protest Paris’s threat to evict them from their camps. Groups of migrants set up camps on the coast in hopes of sneaking across the channel to the UK. By Anne Paq/Activestills.org Despite rainy weather, hundreds of migrants occupied a food distribution center in the French city of Calais Monday night in order to protest against the imminent eviction of their camps. The evictions of three main camps that shelter over 600 migrants in the city, are expected to take place in the next days according to French authorities. A social…

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  • Israel aims to deport French photographer with 'Arab-sounding' name

    Following Washington's admission that Israel is being kept out of its  visa-waiver program due to discrimination against Arab-Americans, a French citizen is detained for three days under similar circumstances. French Embassy: 'We’re regularly in touch with the Israeli authorities about these issues.' A French citizen has been held by Israeli authorities at Ben-Gurion Airport for three days after being denied entry to the country. "M.," a 26-year-old photographer who hoped to finish a photo project on Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, had been granted entry to Israel for three previous work visits. M., whose family requested that her name not…

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