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News & Views, January 2011
French Foreign Minister, Michele Alliot-Marie:
The Double-Standard, Zionist Operative
By Hassan El-Najjar
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, January 22, 2011
The French Foreign Minister, Michele Alliot-Marie, is no more than double-standard, Zionist operative.
In Jerusalem, she condemns the Palestinian freedom fighters who captured an Israeli occupation soldier in the battlefield, while ignoring the plight of about 10,000 Palestinian political prisoners, who were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces from their homes, for no other reason than opposing the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine.
She forgot that the French people resisted the German occupation forces during World War II, and were supported by all freedom-loving people around the world, particularly by Muslim Arabs from North Africa, who actively participated in the resistance and fighting for the liberation of France.
She failed to think about the 10,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons, let alone to mention them, or to condemn the Israeli occupation government for kidnapping them from their homes and keeping them in prisons for decades.
People around the world generally, and in the Arab and Muslim worlds in particular, are not surprised about this double-standard position, followed by this French politician, or by other politicians in countries controlled by Zionists, simply because they are no more than servants for the World Zionism and its brutal expression, the Israeli Zionist state and its occupation government.
It's time for the French people to get rid of these double-standard, Zionist operatives, who are devoted servants of Israel and World Zionism, instead of being servants of the French people and the French national interests.
Hamas slams Alliot-Marie for ignoring suffering of Palestinians in Israeli jails
[ 22/01/2011 - 08:17 AM ]
The Hamas Movement strongly denounced French foreign minister Michele Alliot-Marie for describing, during a visit to the occupied Palestinian territories, the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit as a war crime and ignoring the suffering of thousands of Palestinians who were kidnapped from their homes.
In a press release on Friday, Hamas stated that Shalit was taken prisoner as he was aboard an Israeli tank besieging and pointing its gun at Gaza people.
Hamas underscored that Alliot-Marie's remarks were a diplomatic discourtesy from her side and reflected her blatant bias in favor of the Israeli occupation.
It added that the French minister affronted the Palestinian people and their prisoners in Israeli jails when it made such irresponsible remarks, and demanded the French government to apologize to the Palestinian people.
For its part, the Palestinian resistance committees said that Alliot-Marie's claims that the Palestinian resistance committed a war crime when it captured an Israeli soldier proved France's full support for the policies of the Israeli occupation in the region.
Spokesman for the committees Mohamed Al-Barim stated that Alliot-Marie knows well that Shalit was aboard an Israeli tank used to kill Palestinians east of Rafah area when he was captured by resistance fighters, stressing that the resistance has the right to take every Israeli assaulting the Palestinian people prisoner.
Spokesman Barim emphasized that the perpetrators of war crimes are the people who are occupying the Palestinian land, and committing massacres and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians.
The spokesman demanded France, which intervened more than once to have Shalit released, to desist from statements showing loyalty to the Zionist project in the region and doing no justice to the Palestinian people who struggle for their freedom.
In a related incident, spokesman for Wa'ed society for detainees Abdullah Qandil told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that the families of Gazan prisoners in Israeli jails set up a sit-in tent near Beit Hanoun crossing, north of Gaza, in protest at the remarks made by Alliot-Marie who ignored the suffering of about 7,000 Palestinians detained in Israel's jails.
Spokesman Qandil added that some of the families under the insistence of Alliot-Marie on not meeting them to listen to their suffering got irritated and expressed their anger at her through intercepting her motorcade.
Protestors In Gaza Hurl Eggs, Shows, At Visiting French FM
After the French Foreign Minister, Michelle Alliot-Marie, arrived in
Gaza two days ago, a number of protesters hurled eggs and their shoes at
her vehicle in protest to her statements regarding the captured
prisoner-of-war, Gilad Shalit (in which she failed to mention the 10,000
Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons). She returned to
Egypt on Saturday, January 21.
Angry Palestinians mob French minister's convoy during Gaza visit
Angry about comments by French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, including remarks about abducted Israeli occupation soldier, Gilad Shalit, while ignoring 10,000 Palestinian political prisoners in the Israeli occupation government prisons, a crowd of Palestinians mobbed the diplomat’s car convoy with eggs and shoes, as she toured the Gaza Strip on Friday.
By News Wires (text)
France 24, January 21, 2011
A crowd of furious Palestinian protesters tried to block the French foreign minister on her way into the Gaza Strip on Friday, jumping on her vehicle, lying on the road and then later trailing her for the duration of her brief visit to Gaza.
Dozens of protesters, relatives of about 10,000 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli prisons, surrounded Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie’s convoy and tried to block her passage through the Erez Crossing from Israel.
They were angry about comments made by Alliot-Marie the day before in support of Gilad Schalit, an Israeli soldier captured in a cross-border raid by Hamas freedom fighters and held in Gaza since 2006. Schalit is an Israeli-French dual national.
Alliot-Marie made no public statement Thursday after meeting with Schalit’s parents in Jerusalem, but the soldier’s father, Noam Schalit, said afterwards that the minister had called on Hamas to allow the Red Cross to visit his son for the first time. He referred to his son’s capture as a “war crime,” a comment that appears to have been attributed by the Palestinians to the French foreign minister.
Palestinian police eventually dispersed the protesters and allowed her through. But more protesters gathered outside a United Nations office in Gaza City that was her first stop in the Palestinian territory, and later followed her to a nearby hospital, pelting her motorcade with eggs and shoes.
Referring to the comments attributed to Alliot-Marie, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the statements reflected a “total bias toward Israel” and ignored the thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. “They are the true prisoners of war,” he said.
In keeping with the policy of the European Union, which considers Hamas a "terror organization," Alliot-Marie did not meet with Hamas officials during her half-day visit. (However, she met with the Israeli occupation government officials, the war criminals who killed children in Gaza, in 2009).
French FM egged in Gaza over misquoted Shalit comments
Published today (updated) 21/01/2011 13:51
GAZA CITY (Ma'an/AFP) --
Families of prisoners gathered in protest on Friday, throwing shoes
and eggs at the car of French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie as
she arrived in Gaza via the Erez crossing in the north.
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