French-Jewish umbrella group: recognizing ‘Palestine’ may stoke anti-Semitism

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( CRIF, the umbrella group representing France’s Jewish community, issued a statement suggesting that the French government’s upcoming vote on Palestinian statehood would cause a rise in anti-Semitism and diminish France’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

A bloc of Socialist lawmakers put forth a proposal for the recognition of “Palestine” in the French National Assembly, to be voted on Nov. 28, while a similar proposal was also put forth in the French Senate. Both votes would be purely symbolic, as President Francois Hollande has exclusive power over foreign policy decisions. 

“In France, after the anti-Semitic riots this summer, [recognizing a Palestinian state] would certainly not be understood as a peace initiative and might exacerbate anti-Semitic tensions that we saw last summer,” Roger Cukierman, head of CRIF, said in a statement.

Sweden recently became the first European Union member to officially recognize “Palestine.” The British Parliament approved such recognition in a non-binding vote, and similar proposals have been put forth in Ireland and Spain. 

Posted on November 14, 2014 .