Pierre Laurent, Clementine Autain, Patrick Le Hyaric or Pascal Durand have just been declared persona non grata. They were to begin this weekend a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Corresponding to Jerusalem
The Israeli Ministry of Homeland Security announced on Monday that it wants to ban the entry of its territory to seven French elected officials, including the national secretary of the PCF, who plan to land this weekend in Tel Aviv for a five-day visit to Israel. and in the Palestinian Territories. They are part of a delegation of twenty parliamentarians and local elected officials who had indicated earlier in the day wanting, during this trip, "to warn about the situation of nearly 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners."
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Some members of this group of elected officials from the Communist Party and insubordinate France announced their intention to meet Marwan Barghouti, senior Fatah incarcerated in Israel for fifteen years. Sentenced to several life sentences for his involvement in the second intifada, the 58-year-old prisoner is often touted as the most popular Palestinian leader.
According to a source at the Israeli Ministry of Homeland Security, "the decision to oust these seven elected officials was made after a quick investigation by the Office of Strategic Affairs." This structure is responsible for monitoring the activities of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The Israeli authorities, however, did not seem able to specify, on Monday afternoon, on what precise criteria this "blacklist" was drawn up. "This is the most provocative," said the Ministry of Homeland Security, which said it wanted to "avoid a disappointment to the interested parties by informing them in advance of the fate that awaits them."
Forbidden to meet Salah Hamouri
The list drawn up by the Israeli Government under the orders of the Ministers Gilan Erdan and Arye Déry, as communicated to the Figaro, includes PCF National Secretary Pierre Laurent, MP (LFI) Clémentine AutainMEPs Pascal Durand (Greens / European Free Alliance) and Patrick Le Hyaric (PCF), as well as mayors (PCF) of Stains Azzedine Taibi, Limay Éric Roulot and Gennevilliers Patrice Leclerc.
According to the Ministry of Homeland Security, the thirteen other elected officials who planned to participate in the trip will be admitted to Israeli territory. But they will be barred from meeting Marwan Barghouti as well as the French-Palestinian detainee Salah Hamouri, placed in administrative detention on August 23, without his defenders having access to the elements gathered against him. The Quai d'Orsay recently said it was "concerned" about his situation, indicating "hope" for his release.