“Left-wing anti-Semitism is experiencing an undeniable resurgence, but it is being used to undermine the credibility of the New Popular Front” | EUROtoday

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Lhe dissolution, selected Sunday June 9 by Emmanuel Macron, extra solitary and vertical than ever, plunged the nation into astonishment, earlier than triggering an sudden mobilization of left-wing forces to attempt to forestall the worst. The New Popular Front, its widespread program and its distinctive candidacies, are the sudden results of this collective upsurge. However, since its formalization, a topic has poisoned the debates and seems to be the primary weak level on which its adversaries have taken maintain: anti-Semitism and the French place relating to the scenario in Israel and Gaza.

This Achilles heel of the New Popular Front, whether it is exploited advert nauseam by its detractors, can’t be dismissed out of hand, as a result of it’s a vital and even existential topic for a left gathered exactly right now within the identify of its highest values.

As a historian specializing within the Israeli-Palestinian battle, as a lawyer combating in opposition to human rights violations, in opposition to anti-Semitism and all types of racism, as residents who voted within the European elections for the Socialist Party-Public Square record, we want to pose right here some observations, reminders and rules in order that this trapped debate stops parasitizing such a short and decisive electoral marketing campaign, and in order that different points can flourish.

Deadly gas

No, anti-Semitism will not be “residual” in France, it explodes. The Ministry of the Interior signifies that the variety of anti-Semitic acts elevated from 436 in 2022 to 1,676 in 2023, a fourfold enhance. This is after the terrorist massacres of October 7 [2023] and the beginning of the Israeli response in Gaza that this unleashing was famous, with a median of 500 anti-Semitic acts per 30 days on the finish of 2023, in comparison with fifty on common in earlier months, based on the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France. Clearly, the tragic context within the Middle East was the lethal gas of unbridled anti-Jewish hatred.

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The left, right now gathered to counter the xenophobic menace of the National Rally [RN]can not flip away from this precedence struggle, the coherence of the New Popular Front and its very justification are at stake.

No, there is no such thing as a equivalence between the contextual, populist and electoralist anti-Semitism exploited by sure members of La France insoumise, and the founding, historic and ontological anti-Semitism of the National Rally, which defends nationwide desire, denounces the twin nationals and has at all times and constantly attacked “anti-France”. The first, we should struggle it step-by-step, program to assist, with out reducing our eyes, by calling voters to witness to reveal that anti-Semitism is the very negation of our widespread values. The second, we should beat, on the poll field and in an emergency, to stop France from denying its republican id by returning to the worst pages of its historical past.

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