The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) welcomed the signing of about 40 French deputies of a draft resolution condemning the “institutional apartheid regime” practiced by the Israeli occupation authorities against the Palestinian people, and calling for the removal of obstacles in France against calls of boycott for Israeli products on Monday July 25th.
In a press statement, Hamas spokesman Jihad Taha considered the French parliament’s signing of the draft resolution as “a step in the right direction for revealing the extent of this entity’s bigotry and of its crimes and violations against our people and our land.”
Taha renewed his movement’s call for European countries, parliaments, and international organizations to assume their responsibilities in criminalizing the practices of the Israeli occupation and its racist policies, and to stand with the Palestinian people and their just cause and to redress their legitimate rights to freedom and self-determination.
He also reaffirmed the call for action to hold the Israeli occupation –leaders and settlers– accountable for their crimes, against the Palestinian people and their Islamic and Christian sanctities.
About 40 leftist deputies in France, most of whom are communists, signed a draft resolution condemning Israel’s “institutional apartheid regime” against the Palestinians; This prompted the condemnation of several associations, that classified this step as “anti-Semitic”.
The resolution charges the Israeli occupation with having established an institutionalized system of systemic oppression and control by one ethnic group.”
In their draft resolution, the deputies wrote: “Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has pursued a policy aimed at establishing and maintaining Jewish demographic hegemony.”
The draft resolution supports a solution based on “coexistence between two states on the basis of the 1967 borders.”
To help achieve this, the signatories called on the French government to “recognize the State of Palestine,” and demanded that the United Nations impose an arms embargo on the Israeli occupation, and “targeted sanctions” against Israeli officials “most implicated in the crime of apartheid.”