In France, anti-Zionism and antisemitism will be considered equivalent

Date: 
December, 2019
Country: 
France

The French National Assembly approved the draft law, which regarded anti-Zionism as equivalent to antisemitism.

French National Assemblyin the voting, anti-zionismn Anti-Semitismand without any sanction, the bill was accepted with 72 'no' vote and 154 'yes' vote.

The bill was based on the International Holocaust Memorial Alliance's definition of anti-Semitism.

In an open letter published in the newspaper Le Monde, 127 Jewish academics from France, Israel and many countries said that the fight against anti-Semitism was important, but opposed the bill that considered anti-Zionism to be equivalent to anti-Semitism.

Academics called on the French National Assembly not to accept the bill and underlined that the anti-Zionism was legitimate.

Stating that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are not the same thing, academics noted that criticizing a state does not mean 'anti-Zionism'.

President of France Emmanuel MacronIn February, anti – Zionism was one of the modern forms of anti – Semitism and the International Holocaust Commemoration Alliance would accept the definition of anti – Semitism.

Source: MBS News