Authored by Amir Taheri via The Gatestone Institute,
A week after Paris witnessed a march in support of the “Palestinian cause” it hosted another march, this time against anti-Semitism.
Ostensibly provoked by the ongoing war in Gaza the two marches may persuade the French to take a closer look at the messages they convey and their impact on French politics.
Despite denials by its organizers, the leftist and extreme left parties, the first march, which took part on the right bank of the River Seine, was clearly anti-Israel, at times with anti-Semitic undertones.
The second march, last Sunday, was organized by Senate President Gérard Larcher and National Assembly Speaker Yaël Braun-Pivet, both on the right, who insisted that it was not meant as a show of support for Israel’s war in Gaza but as a defense of the Republic.
Held on the left bank of the Seine, where French café intellectuals have been discussing the fate of mankind for generations, Sunday’s march, which I attended as a reporter, attracted over 100,000 people, five times larger than the pro-Palestine demo.
In his typical neither-nor style of centrism, President Emmanuel Macron decided not to attend either demo, adopting…
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