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'I feel abandoned': Mélenchon says he is not supported by the Jewish community he has 'defended all his life'

2023-12-07T13:59:18.635Z

Highlights: Jean-Luc Mélenchon says he is not supported by the Jewish community he has 'defended all his life' The leader of France Insoumise (LFI) believes that he has "never failed in [his] duties" vis-à-vis theJewish community. He believes that the Israeli government is committing "genocide" in Gaza. "In no country in the world, except perhaps in a large part of the French media class, is there an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim divide," he said.


The leader of France Insoumise (LFI) believes that he has "never failed in [his] duties" vis-à-vis the Jewish community, which had "histor


He said he had "not failed in his duty" to the Jewish community. Accused of fuelling anti-Semitism, notably through his statements since the October 7 attacks, Jean-Luc Mélenchon feels on the contrary "abandoned" by this community and persists in his line, believing that the Israeli government is committing "genocide" in Gaza.

"I feel abandoned by those I have defended all my life. We have never failed in our duty. Nor to the principles on which it is founded," said the LFI leader in a long interview with Orient XXI magazine. "The Jewish community that I knew, with whom I campaigned when I was elected from Massy, lived in the debate and assumed its differences. There were the religious and the cultural. The left was the cultural ones," he adds.

A 'fair and judicious choice by the left'

Absent from the November 12 march against anti-Semitism, Jean-Luc Mélenchon said the Jewish community "is wrong" to feel abandoned by the left because "we will always be the first to fight without weakness against the spread of racism." "Historically, the Jewish community has made the right and wise choice of the left," he said.

He believes that "a controversy is being invented" over the choice of words he uses in his statements that created the scandal, such as the one about the president of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, whom he accused of "camping" in Israel. "This is part of an ideological war aimed at silencing opponents," he said. "No one has filed a complaint against me for anti-Semitism, yet it is a crime in France. So it's because our accusers don't believe it themselves," he said.

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In the interview, Jean-Luc Mélenchon defends his political position since the Hamas attack. "I called for a ceasefire on October 7," he said, even though this call, on the day of the Hamas attack, was part of the reproaches levelled at him by the rest of the political class. "In this case, (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu's action against Gazans is not legitimate. This is not self-defense, but genocide," he said.

"There are mass protests in many countries, including the United States of America, involving large segments of the local Jewish communities," he said. "In no country in the world, except perhaps in a large part of the French media class, is there an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim divide," he said.

Source: leparis

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