Keyword: Israël

Palestine: Mr President, you are leading France astray


From his alignment with the Israeli far-right to the banning of demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and the suggestion that this show of solidarity is in fact anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism, French President François Hollande has lost his way, writes Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel. In this opinion article presented as an open letter to the head of state, he argues that Hollande has adopted a position of incoherence and hypocrisy that will bring him no political gain and which ignores the lessons of history.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Paris defy ban

The protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza, banned over security fears, drew several thousands before hooded youths clashed with police. 

Exclusive: 'Why I refused to serve my Israeli army division in Gaza'


The Israeli offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza, codenamed ‘Protective Edge’ in English and in which to date more than 750 Palestinians and 33 Israelis have lost their lives, deepened in horror on Thursday when at least 15 people were killed and 200 wounded in an attack upon a United Nations-run school used as a shelter from the fighting. While the gruesome toll has caused loud international outcry, less reported is the movement of desertion among Israeli military reservists who refuse what they believe is an unjust war. Mediapart's special correspondent in Israel, Pierre Puchot, has obtained a frank and exclusive interview with one of these so-called 'refuseniks', who this week fled his call-up to join an armoured division headed for Gaza.

Banned pro-Palestinian rally Sunday in Paris suburb ends in riot

Police arrested 18 people after rioting broke out in Sarcelles during a banned Sunday afternoon protest against Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

Paris police arrest 38 after violence at banned pro-Palestinian rally

Cars were set alight and rocks thrown at police, who reported 14 officers injured, in clashes after the outlawed protest at Israel's Gaza offensive.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators defy ban in rallies around France

Thousands of demonstrators protested on Saturday against Israel's offensive in Gaza despite a ban outlawing the rallies in Paris and Nice.

Anti-Israeli protesters attack Paris synagogue

Pro-Palestinian march turns ugly in French capital as 100-strong breakaway group try to force their way into building, trapping those inside.

French Jews increasingly opt for burial in Israel

Religious, emotional and practical reasons are behind the trend that has developed over the past decade, even involving reburial from French graves.

Number of French Jews emigrating to Israel soars

The first nine months of 2013 saw numbers of French Jews emigrating to Israel rise 49% year-on year, while average rise from all countries was 1%.

Hollande calls for an end to Israeli settlements in West Bank

The French President, speaking in Ramallah after visiting Israel on Sunday, warned that the settlements threatened already fragile peace talks.

French consulate worker busted smuggling gold into West Bank

Israeli customs arrested the man as he tried to cross from Jordan with 152 kg in gold bars, nearly $2 million in checks and 500 kg of tobacco.

Fabius visits Israel, Palestine to back peace talks

French foreign minister will meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders this weekend to encourage them to continue with direct negotiatations. 

Air France fined in pro-Palestinian activist case

French court has found airline guilty of discrimination for removing a pro-Palestinian activist from a flight to Israel because she was not Jewish.

France, UK, protest against expansion of Israeli settlements

France and Britain summon Israeli ambassadors in protest at the intended construction of 3,000 new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Mussie Zerai, l’ange gardien de ceux qui tentent de traverser la Méditerranée


Mussie Zerai est un prêtre érythréen hors du commun. Les migrants qui traversent la Méditerranée ont son numéro de téléphone portable. En cas de naufrage, c'est lui qu'ils appellent au secours et qui alerte les garde-côtes italiens ou maltais. Ces dernières semaines, il reçoit aussi des SOS du désert du Sinaï où ses compatriotes sont pris en otages.