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UAn opening query is sufficient. Emma Rafowicz lasts ten minutes with none drawback, she broadens the topic to politics, she talks about French society, its faults and its failings. She talks about her personal struggles and her anger… Already, at 28, Emma Rafowicz has the unfastened tongue of hardened activists. We discover this younger girl with light options in a reasonably glass café at 11e arrondissement, this neighborhood that she adores, as she adores Paris the place she moved to review communication on the Sorbonne, coming from Essonne.

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She orders a mint tea and says right away, with loud “so”, that she has simply returned from a keep within the constituency of Julien Odoul, elected RN of Yonne. The younger girl, in eighth place on the record of the PS and Place publique within the European elections, encountered anger, the poverty of the countryside, and causes to at all times become involved. “I don't think people are frontists, but they are angry because they can no longer buy a pair of shoes for their children,” summarizes the president of the Young Socialists, the PS youth group.

Reduced to her Jewishness after October 7

Emma Rafowicz joined the Socialist Party throughout Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform in 2011. However, her political dedication goes again additional. She grew up in a household marked by anti-Semitism, leaving Poland to take refuge in France. As a highschool scholar, she was an activist for SOS Racisme, whose considerably forgotten slogan she likes: the best to indifference. His dedication is constructed on this conviction.

After October 7, nonetheless, she was decreased to 1 distinction, her Jewishness. In the times following the Hamas terrorist assaults, the younger socialist grew to become the goal of anti-Semites. She will not be non secular however she has one mistake: being the niece of Olivier Rafowicz, a extremely publicized spokesperson for the Israeli military. The soldier does his job; he defends on the continual information channels, in excellent French, the operations of the IDF within the Gaza Strip. Social networks don’t need to make the distinction: the niece is essentially complicit within the uncle's feedback…

READ ALSO Raphaël Glucksmann, new bogeyman of the EuropeansQuite rapidly, anti-Semitic hatred poured out on-line. First in silence, via non-public messages despatched, particularly, to Olivier Faure in order that he excludes the younger girl from the European record. Then the pack assaults him in full view, on 'Auschwitz. She known as “Sayanim”, the title given to informant brokers of the Israeli secret companies.

His mother and father and brother are nervous. They think about him being attacked within the night, on the street. A month in the past, Emma Rafowicz filed a criticism. At the police station very near the café du 11e district, she entrusts some 400 screenshots of insults, like a “best of” of the three,000 to 4,000 messages she famous.

The anger has subsided a bit of. The younger girl speaks calmly about this darkish interval. But his phrases are critical. In his eyes, there may be little doubt concerning the origin of the evil: a lot of hateful messages have been marked LFI. She noticed it on the profiles of the brand of La France insoumise… “The “LFIsphère” has an essentializing and identity-based imaginative and prescient of society. She needs to be soiled by declaring particularism,” denounces Emma Rafowicz, outraged by this “house arrest.”

Manuel Bompard caught a brand new goal on my againEmma Rafowicz

The president of the Young Socialists will not be actually a conspiracy theorist. “I don’t think it was organized by LFI,” she stated, “but their activists feel authorized to post these anti-Semitic messages. We are witnessing a rise in passionate identity spaces, we increasingly want to place people in boxes. Now, I am a universalist woman. And I refuse this sexism which consists of saying that, since I am a woman, I am necessarily attached to the thoughts of a man, my uncle. »

Emma Rafowicz appreciates the public support received from Olivier Faure or the young PCF candidate for the European elections, Léon Deffontaines. On the other hand, even gently, she denounces the pernicious gambits of the Insoumis leaders. “Manuel Bompard has put a new target on my back. He basically says: “It's not right to attack her”, then: “She is still participating in the campaign to denigrate LFI led by the Israeli extreme right”! »

She now not expects a lot from the Insoumis

Rima Hassan isn’t any higher. The LFI candidate for the European elections, very essential of Israel, additionally helps Emma Rafowicz to higher… denigrate her. “She said in a first tweet that you should not be anti-Semitic, but that if she had an uncle in the Palestinian army she would be disqualified from being a candidate for the European elections! » relates, with a pout, the socialist.

Emma Rafowicz, however, did not expect much from the Insoumis, as if she no longer had much hope in the solidarity that usually prevails on the left in the face of anti-Semitism: “I just wanted them to exclude the perpetrators messages, not that they flagellate themselves in public! »

A few months ago, Emma Rafowicz was topping with the Insoumis. She believed in them, she firmly believed that Jean-Luc Mélenchon was going to raise the whole left high. The game, she says, has partly been won: “It’s counterintuitive but thanks to Nupes, the PS has reaffirmed itself as a left-wing party. We embody something strong again, and people listen to us. » In the wheel of Olivier Faure, she distanced herself from the Hollande five-year term and from all those who, like Anne Hidalgo, would refuse a break with “liberalism” embodied, in keeping with her, by the Dutch presidency.

The hatred she suffered undoubtedly solely confirmed her conviction: the union on the left can’t be achieved with essentially the most radical fringe of the Insoumis, even much less with the primary of them, Jean-Luc Mélenchon . “Without union, the left is not in the second round of the presidential election. But with Mélenchon, it won't be either. » Emma Rafowicz hopes that a few Insoumis leaders will join those who, such as Raquel Garrido or Alexis Corbière, reject the “conflictualization” defended by the LFI chief. “We need a refocused and republican left. We have abandoned our social discourse, our universalist desire, we should not be surprised that the identitarians are taking it over,” she says, aiming at each extremes.

Emma Rafowicz additionally remembers a visit to the United States ten years in the past, organized by SOS Racisme. She met Hillary Clinton, simply after Donald Trump's victory. “We might see that she was the boss. I used to be a bit of intimidated, however I requested him if Trump hadn't received as a result of the Democrats now not spoke to the favored lessons. » She now not remembers the reply however she would love the left to lastly communicate to the folks once more.