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Far-left French leader says Jews promote ‘violent sectarianism’

Jean-Luc Melenchon falsely claims ‘ridiculous’ Jewish umbrella group CRIF urged rally-goers to attack him at memorial for slain Holocaust survivor

La France Insoumise (LFI) Leader Jean-Luc Melenchon (C) gestures as he addresses media representatives in Marseille on June 11, 2017, after polls closed for the first round of the French legislative elections. (AFP/Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
La France Insoumise (LFI) Leader Jean-Luc Melenchon (C) gestures as he addresses media representatives in Marseille on June 11, 2017, after polls closed for the first round of the French legislative elections. (AFP/Anne-Christine Poujoulat)

A leader of the French left accused French Jews of inciting violence against him and promoting “violent and aggressive sectarianism.”

Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the France Unbowed party, inveighed against the CRIF federation of Jewish communities on Sunday during a televised interview with France Inter.

“Sectarianism’s always been a problem for the republican idea,” said Melenchon. “Take CRIF. It practices blatant, violent and aggressive sectarianism, namely against me, right? To the point of encouraging people to hit me during a demonstration like the one for Mirelle Knol.”

Mirelle Knol was a Holocaust survivor who was murdered in her Paris apartment last year, allegedly by a Muslim neighbor. CRIF asked Melenchon and the leader of the right-wing National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, not to attend a commemorative march for Knol. Both politicians came to the march anyway, where participants booed them until police escorted them away.

Illustrative: French Jews at the memorial march for Jewish murder victim Mireille Knoll in Paris, March 28, 2018 (Cnaan Liphshiz)

CRIF did not call for violence and none occurred at the event. The group also condemned the booing.

Melenchon went on to call CRIF “bizarre, folkloristic and ridiculous.” Asked whether sectarianism exists also among Muslims, Melenchon said: “No. They have delinquents, same as anywhere, but none claim their law supersedes others.”

Melenchon has been accused of anti-Semitic rhetoric in the past. In 2014, he called French Jews “an aggressive community preaching to the rest of the nation.”

Melenchon won a fifth of the votes in the 2017 presidential election.

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