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Paris - Netanyahu Joins Macron As He Denounces French Role In The Holocaust

Published on: July 16, 2017 09:00 AM
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Emmanuel Macron, pay their respects after laying a wreath at the Vel d'Hiv memorial, during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup, in Paris, France, July 16, 2017.     REUTERS/Kamil Zihnioglu/ Pool Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Emmanuel Macron, pay their respects after laying a wreath at the Vel d'Hiv memorial, during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup, in Paris, France, July 16, 2017.    REUTERS/Kamil Zihnioglu/ Pool

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are honoring the victims of a mass deportation of French Jews to Nazi camps 75 years ago.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has denounced his country’s collaboration in the Holocaust, lashing out at those who still downplay the French role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to death.

Commemorating 75 years since a mass roundup of French Jews outside of Paris, Macron insisted that “it was indeed France that organized this.” He said “not a single German” was directly involved, but French police collaborating with the Nazis.

Macron dismissed arguments by French far-right leaders that the collaborationist Vichy regime did not represent the French state, saying that is “convenient, but it is false.”

At a ceremony Sunday attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron also pledged to fight continued anti-Semitism. He called for thorough investigation into the recent killing of a Parisian woman believed linked to anti-Jewish sentiment.

French Jewish leaders are giving speeches at an emotional ceremony at the Vel d’Hiv stadium outside Paris, where French police rounded up some 13,000 people on July 16-17, 1942, before they were sent on to camps. Fewer than 100 survived.

Pro-Palestinian and other activists protested Netanyahu’s appearance, criticizing Jewish settlement policy and the blockade of Gaza.

Macron called it a “natural gesture” to invite Netanyahu but insisted in an interview Sunday in the Journal du dimanche newspaper he is “not trying to confuse the subject of the commemoration and Franco-Israeli relations.”

Macron is holding separate talks with Netanyahu later Sunday.



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 Jul 16, 2017 at 12:38 PM Anonymous Says:

It would serve Jews better if the Holocaust would wstop being a tool for sympythy for Jews and just bring on unwanted Anti Semitism as it unfortunately does. But in any case, not you Bibi. First you denounce the despicable role the Zionist machine played that led to the extermination of thousands of Jews. Why do other countries hafta apologize when the "Jewish State" with their Zionist regime was never held responsible for their miserable collaberation with the Nazis?? Stop playing the Holocaust game! Im a child of a survivor and it enrages me to see that Israel doesnt stop playing the Holocaust politics. Its not in any Jews interest so stop it already!

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 05:15 PM True Yid Says:

Will Bibi go around and ask all the leaders of the free world to denounce "their" part in the holocaust? Doesnt he realize that this very act of denouncing it only makes people angrier?? Why is Bibi allowed to represent the Jews around the world?? Hes only fueling AntinSemitism and doesnt care. As #1 stated, he ahld go back to his own hometown and denounce it in the Keneset. The Zionists worked hand in hand with the vile Nazis. Read the words of Rabbi Weissmandl how the Zionists were the ones that allowed yiddn to perish cuz 1 cow in Palestine is more worth than thousands of Jews. Leave the French alone!!!!

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