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France: Black Lives Matter demonstration marred by anti-Semitism

Demonstrators who gathered in Paris Saturday to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last month waved Palestine Liberation Organization flags and chanting anti-Semitic slogans during the rally.

During Saturday’s Black Lives Matter rally at the Place de la République in Paris, some of the demonstrators chanted anti-Semitic slogans including “dirty Jews” and “Jewish whores”.

A number of participants at the rally carried signs bearing anti-Israel messages, including “Israel: the laboratory for police violence” and “Enough of Israel’s massacres! Justice and freedom for Palestine.”

Some signs accused Israel of training the Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, with at least one sign reading “The police officers who killed George Floyd were trained in Israel.”

French MP Meyer Habib (Union of Democrats and Independents) excoriated the demonstrators, and said the bigotry seen during the protest highlighted the link between the French far-left and radical Islamists.

“What did they shout at an ‘anti-racism’ rally? ‘Dirty Jews’ and hatred of Israel,” said MP Habib.

“They waved the flag of hatred against whites, against Jews, and against France. The link between the radical Left and radical Islamist activists is in the [movement’s] DNA. It doesn’t matter what the purpose of the protest is, we once again see hatred against Jews and hatred of Israel – against the Jews in general and Israel in particular is targeted.”

Habib went on to reject the accusations against Israel put forth by demonstrators.

“Is Israel an apartheid state? A racist country? In [Israel’s] political system, in the army, in the culture, it doesn’t matter what the color of your skin is or your religion, there is equality and everyone has the same rights. Who really is the one stoking racism here?”

“Today I’m not worried about Israel, but I am a bit concerned about the Jews of France, and |I am especially worried about France.”

Header: French riot police forces detain a protester during a rally as part of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ worldwide protests against racism and police brutality, on Place de la Republique in Paris on June 13, 2020. AFP – THOMAS SAMSON

Source: Arutz Sheva

Notes:

The Paris police prefecture said around 15,000 people gathered at Place de la République in Paris for Saturday’s march, organised by the Adama Traoré committee, created to call for justice for the man who died in the Paris region in police custody.

Protesters chanted “No justice, no peace” as some climbed the statue of Marianne, who personifies the French Republic. Brief clashes broke out around 5pm, as protesters threw flares and other projectiles towards the police, who fired tear gas and charged the crowd.

Castaner infuriated officers this week with a pledge of “zero tolerance” for police racism after 20,000 people massed at the Paris courthouse on 2 June in an echo of the Black Lives Matter protests in America.

Some police unions have threatened to carry out only minimal duties, since France forbids strike action by law enforcement agents.

President Emmanuel Macron could address the heightened tensions in a TV speech on Sunday evening.