Anti-Zionism is new anti-Semitism, France's Macron declares at Holocaust memorial

Ross Houston
July 17, 2017

During the French presidential elections earlier this year, National Front leader Marine Le Pen said it was not France that was responsible for the roundup, but rather "those who were in power at the time".

Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday at remembrance ceremonies recalling 75 years since a mass roundup of French Jews outside of Paris, Mr. Macron insisted "it was indeed France that organized this".

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced France's collaboration in the Holocaust, lashing out Sunday at those who negate or minimize the country's role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to their deaths.

"When one of the most important leaders in Europe recognizes that modern anti-Semitism frequently cloaks itself with the veil of anti-Zionism, tearing the mask off the face of radical anti-Zionists, this is a highly significant development".

In the raids, 13,000 Jews were arrested in the Velodrome d'Hiver cycling stadium and then deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in July 1942. He said "not a single German" was directly involved, but French police collaborating with the Nazis.

Following talks with the Israeli leader at the Elysee Palace, covering Iran and the peace process, Macron said he was ready to lead a push against the threat posed by Hezbollah.

De Villiers still has Macron's "full trust", the president told JDD, provided the top general "knows the chain of command and how it works".

But the president, who was due to hold separate talks with Mr Netanyahu, told the Journal Du Dimanche newspaper he is "not trying to confuse the subject of the commemoration and Franco-Israeli relations". Some French Jews have also since returned to France. They do not hate the West because of Israel, but they hate Israel because of the West.

Netanyahu thanked also the French President for hosting him in this tragic anniversary and stressed the deep and old friendship between the French and Israeli states. "We will not surrender to anti-Zionism, because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism". "We can not build pride upon a lie". "We must stand against them together and defeat them together".

"I call for the resumption of the peace talks between Israel and Palestine, based on a two-state solution", said Macron.

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