Macron says anti-Zionism the reinvention of anti-Semitism

Anti-Zionism is new anti-Semitism, France's Emmanuel Macron declares at Holocaust memorial

Anti-Zionism is new anti-Semitism, France's Emmanuel Macron declares at Holocaust memorial

"We must be smart about that, to avoid any other such attack".

Netanyahu said both nations share a desire to see stability, but considerable issues remain.

"I call for a resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in the framework of the search for a solution of two states, Israel and Palestine, living in recognized, secure borders with Jerusalem as the capital", Macron told reporters.

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian under the USA mediation collapsed in April 2014 over Israel's refusal to release Palestinian prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so.

The backdrop for their meeting was the 75th anniversary of a Paris Holocaust roundup, and Macron used the occasion to reiterate his declaration that the French state bore the responsibility for the arrest and deportation of approximately 13,000 Jews in 1942. They were held in a cycling arena, the Velodrome d'Hiver, or the Vel d'Hiv for short.

"It was indeed France that organized the roundup, the deportation, and thus, for nearly all, death", he added. "Not a single German" took part, he said.

"It was indeed France".

Anti-Zionism is new anti-Semitism, France's Emmanuel Macron declares at Holocaust memorial
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More than 4,000 were children. "Archives open (and) the truth comes out. It's stark, irrevocable. It imposes itself on us all".

"Antisemitism is still present and doing well", said Mr Macron.

Netanyahu hailed the "special heroism" of the French resistance to the Nazis, praising the "noble French citizens who at great risk to their own lives" saved thousands more Jews from perishing in the death camps where at least 6-million died between 1941 and 1945. "It seems the values of the French revolution - equality, fraternity, liberty - was crushed brutally under the boot of anti-Semitism", Mr Netanyahu told an audience in Paris, which included Jewish groups and Holocaust survivors.

It is thought the Mr Netanyahu will be pushing to find out Mr Macron's intentions towards the Middle East process during their conversation following the ceremony. I fully agree. Militant Islam wants to destroy our common civilization.

One of those who attended the ceremony was Felix Jastreb, who was 12 at the time of the roundup. They did not come back.

While Mr Macron has been flexing his diplomatic skills with outreach to President Donald Trump and others, he did not indicate any eagerness for France to spearhead such negotiations, after a lacklustre French Mideast diplomatic effort under his predecessor early this year. The Union of French Jews for Peace (UJFP) called the invitation "shocking" and "unacceptable", and accused the Israeli government of "usurping the memory of the victims of Nazism to make people believe that Israel represents all the world's Jews".

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