France prosecutes Palestinian activist – video


PressTV – Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:30AM
One of the leaders of a pro-Palestinian group in Paris has been sued for racial hatred after she called for a boycott of Israeli products from the occupied Arab land.



On Friday, Olivia Zemor of the CAPJPO-EuroPalestine group was taken to court by pro-Israeli groups after she appeared in a video made back in 2009 at a supermarket in the French capital that called for the boycott of products made on the land occupied by Israel since 1967.

“The challenge today is to know what degree of independence is the foreign justice able to have related to the French government, how long will it go on with blackmailing people with the accusation of anti-Semitism,” Zemor told a Press TV correspondent.

The plaintiffs claim that calling for an Israeli boycott is a provocative act that incites discrimination, hatred and violence. Zemor, however, believes that she is exercising her right to freedom of speech.

“It is slow motion murder, and that is what happens daily in Palestine and therefore I fully identify with the Palestinians who are suffering from exactly the same I had to suffer [from]” said Hajo Meyer of International network of Anti-Zionist Jews.

Meyer, a survivor of Auschwitz, testified in court that Zamor is not an anti-Semite.

“This is not against any person or group of persons because of belonging to the Israeli nation,” Zemor told the court.

Their next major action is planned for July, when hundreds of activists will converge at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport to force a showdown with the authorities.

Supporters of Zemor contend that this trial has been motivated more by political considerations than by higher ideals, such as the need for free political discourse.

Around 80 people are facing trial in France for calling for a boycott of Israeli products.



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