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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Marwan Barghouti traité en terroriste

by Julia Hamlaoui

Marwan Barghouti Treated as Terrorist

Translated Monday 20 July 2015, by Henry Crapo

Approached by an association that can’t tell the difference between a resistant and jihadist, a French court in Aubervilliers suspended the honorary citizenship status of the emprisoned Palestinian lawmaker Marwan Barghouti.

The decision was taken unanimously by City Council in Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis). But this was not to please the National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA), which took the issue to court.

The Administrative Court of Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis) has suspended the decision that made the Palestinian lawmaker Marwan Barghouti an honorary citizen of the city. It deemed the decision "likely to harm public order and tainted by manifest error of assessment" (!), because it "deals with a matter of the foreign policy", the Agence France Press reported.

And the BNVCA rejoiced. "The trouble to public order that these elected officials, communists and those of the extreme left, generate is likely to encourage those Islamic-terrorists and jihadists that our country is courageously fighting," wrote the association.

With this pen takes shape the shameful amalgam, and shamelessly reappear the wretched theories about the supposed importation of the conflict, aimed at depoliticizing the issues in order to better conceal the Israeli colonization of Palestine.

Yes, the Palestinian lawmaker Marwan Barghouti was sentenced in 2002 by an Israeli court to five times perpetuity - but illegally, with respect to international law. "He is the political figure who best embodies the Palestinian resistance and the cause of political prisoners," says Fethi Chouder, the deputy mayor (PG) in charge of international cooperation.

Already in January, the mayor, Pascal Beaudet, of the French Communist Party, had refused to accede to a request for cancellation made by the prefect. For him, the court decision is somewhat unfair. "Unless the demand for freedom, in itself, amounts to disturbing public order," he quips. The elected officials of the Left Front do not intend to let this stand, and promise to make every effort to ensure that Marwan Barghouti finds his place as honorary citizen. As is the case in many other cities ... which have not so far experienced riots.

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