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The socialist deputy for Essone, Jérôme Guedj, during the rally organized by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France calling for the release of hostages held in Gaza since the October 7 attacks carried out by Hamas against Israel, in Paris, on April 7, 2024.

One month earlier than the European elections, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is fanning the embers of battle greater than ever. In the crosshairs, not the National Rally (RN) or the federal government of Emmanuel Macron, however its former companions within the New Ecological and Social Popular Union (Nupes), the socialists, forward within the polls in comparison with the listing of La France insoumise (LFI).

On April 29, the chief of LFI cut up a column revealed in L'Insoumission, one of many websites of the insoumise galaxy, by which he targets his former comrade from the Socialist Party (PS) Jérôme Guedj, responsible, in accordance with him,“a clear decline” on the Israeli-Palestinian battle. The member for Essonne would thus plead “for an “in-between” between genocides and alleged supporters of the “erasure of Israel””.

In this convoluted textual content of nice violence, the septuagenarian above all calls into query “the ambiguity of the subject” who could be “a sign in his environment of fanaticism”. He goes on to match Mr. Guedj to somebody who ” is[e] around the stake where the leash of his adhesions holds him”. With this conclusion: the chosen one would have “denied the most constant principles of the left of Judaism in France”.

” It's a lure “

Before answering him, Jérôme Guedj took the time to think. “Obviously, it’s a trap,” he admits to the World. “He wants this controversy to invade the debate. By responding to it, I participate in it, by not responding to it, I trivialize it”, he explains. Being silent is also “open the Overton window”, in reference to a concept that defines what is acceptable in public debate. “The next time it will be worse”adds the elected official from Essonne.

This is the second time in ten days that the three-time presidential candidate has attacked his former disciple of the Socialist Left, this current of the PS to which both belonged until 2008. In Lille, on April 18, after the ban on the conference he was to hold with the Franco-Palestinian jurist, Rima Hassan, Jean-Luc Mélenchon treated Jérôme Guedj, without naming him, of ” coward “ and of “whistleblower”. The latter had just expressed reservations about the logo of Free Palestine, the association organizing the conference, on which appears a map merging Israel, Gaza and the West Bank into the same territory.

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This tribune “chiseled”in accordance with Jérôme Guedj, brings him again to his Jewish religion. “ Everything stinks in the formulations. For the first time in my political life, I am being referred to my Judaism,” regrets the PS deputy. According to him, Jean-Luc Mélenchon “gives good points and bad points to left-wing Jews.” “I am not a left-wing Jew, I am a universalist”, proclaims the elected official nursed on secularism, all of the extra shocked as a result of his ex-mentor is aware of him completely. Formerly elected from Essonne, Mr. Mélenchon labored for a very long time with Mr. Guedj within the PS. When he slammed the door of the rose celebration in 2008, the septuagenarian additionally broke with this former religious son who was revising the ENA in his workplace.

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