"We want French parliamentarians to have access to all the interlocutors they want to meet," said the Quai d'Orsay
France on Tuesday called on the Israeli authorities to authorize the entry into their territory of French officials saying they want to meet the imprisoned Palestinian terrorists Marwan Barghouthi and Salah Hamouri.
"In general, we want French parliamentarians to have access to all the interlocutors they want to meet to fulfill their information mission," said Quai d'Orsay spokeswoman Agnès Romatet-Spain.
"We are paying attention to Israel as to all the countries where the French elected officials go," she added.
The Israeli Ministry of Public Security of Gilad Erdan announced on Monday that it would refuse French elected officials entry to Israel to meet "a deadly affair like Barghouthi" and "thus incite to support terrorism".
Israel has announced Monday that the country will not allow entry into the Jewish state of group of leaders French because of their initiatives to promote the boycott of the country.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced in a statement that he will adopt the recommendation issued by Homeland Security Minister Gilad Erdan not to allow the entry of the group's 20 participants, including among them parliamentarians and French mayors as well as members of the European Parliament.
The Israeli authorities therefore recommend in advance to the French elected officials "not to fly at all".
"This is not the first time I have refused entry to BDS activists," said Deri, "but this time it is a delegation of European leaders who come to work against Israel, which gives more weight [to this decision].
Erdan said he advocated a policy of fighting those who support the boycott campaign.
"We will not allow access to the territory to those who are actively calling Israel, especially when they ask to meet and reinforce a deadly affair like Barghouthi, thus inciting support for terrorism," he said. Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan in a statement of his services and the Ministry of the Interior.
"We are talking about political leaders who actively support the boycott against Israel and even promote it."
This trip of elected Communists and the party of the radical left La France Insoumise, scheduled from 18 to 23 November, aims to "alert the situation of nearly 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners," said the members of this delegation that will include including the PCF national secretary and Senator Pierre Laurent, four LFI deputies, Clémentine Autain, Danièle Obono, Muriel Ressiguier and Michel Larive and local elected officials including the mayor PCF Gennevilliers Patrice Leclerc, according to the site of Humanity.
Barghouthi is the former head of Fatah's Tanzim army wing and was sentenced in Israel for founding the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, another terrorist group in Fatah. He is currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli detention center for spewing terrorist attacks during the Second Intifada in the early 2000s.
Barghouthi remained very active at the political level behind bars, and is often referred to as one of the few likely successors of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
In April, Barghouthi launched a hunger strike to obtain better conditions for prisoners but also, according to experts, to demonstrate his political power and authority.
He is nicknamed by his supporters the "Palestinian Mandela".
The delegation will also seek to meet the Franco-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri, in administrative detention in Israel since August 23 because found guilty of attempted murder against Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. He is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which France and the European Union consider a terrorist organization.
Salah Hamouri is subject to a six-month administrative detention order, upheld on October 22 at the Jerusalem Supreme Court.
In a press release dated October 25, 2017 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has demanded that "all of Salah Hamouri's rights be well respected". The spokeswoman added: "We hope for his release. We also ask that his family can visit him.
Considered too uncompromising by some, or synonymous with sympathy for a terrorist for others, the term "hope" has disappointed the followers of Salah Hamouri, and his critics, who argue that he never denied the leaders of accusations against him by an Israeli court: having participated in an assassination attempt on Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and belonging to the PFLP.
These are the arguments that the French deputy of foreigners Meyer Habib opposed to Jean-Yves Le Drian in the Foreign Affairs Committee on October 26th.
'I arrested him on the scandalous official statement of the Quai d'Orsay yesterday in favor of the release of terrorist Salah Hamouri, part of the PFLP, the organization responsible, inter alia, for the attack on rue de Copernic in 1980 , who had planned in 2005 to assassinate the Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ', without ever expressing any regret later, "writes the deputy on the page of his Facebook account.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs replied to him that he assumed this text, who also calls to know the reasons for the administrative detention of Salah Hamouri.
"Salah Hamouri was arrested in May 2005 after being a member of a popular public cell planning to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and carry out a bomb attack in Jerusalem. He served a prison sentence until December 2011, and was later released in a prisoner swap deal, "Shin Bet explained. Times of Israel by email, via the press service of the Prime Minister. It was the exchange of Palestinian prisoners against Gilad Shalit.
Imprisoned in Israel between 2005 and 2011 after being convicted of an assassination attempt on Ovadia Yosef, and belonging to illegal political organizations, Hamouri was again arrested on 23 August by Israeli police.
"After his release from prison, he returned to work in the terrorist organization of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and, despite the warnings he received from the security forces, Hamouri continued to operate in the framework of the organization, "says Shin Bet.
"In light of this, he was arrested."