A Paris suburb was forced to remove plaques naming a local street after the 1948 Palestinian exodus, and calling the first Israeli PM a “war criminal.” The signs sparked an outcry from Jewish groups and were later vandalized.
A street in Bezons commune, a northwestern suburb of Paris, was renamed “Allee de la Nakba” (Nakba Lane) by its communist mayor Dominique Lesparre on Monday. The word Nakba (literarily translated as ‘catastrophe’) is used by Palestinians to describe the events of 1948 when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes in the Arab-Israeli War.
“In memory of the expulsion of 800,000 Palestinians and the destruction of 532 villages in 1948 by the war criminal David Ben Gurion for the creation of the state of Israel,” read plaques in French and Arabic, referring to Israel’s first prime minister.
CRIF, an umbrella group of French Jewish organizations, took to Twitter demanding the city authorities take down all plaques which “encourage the current acts of anti-Semitic violence by trying to give them historic justification.”
« Allée de la Nakba à Bezons ». La honte de la république existe. Une réponse suivie d’une décision franche de l’Etat doit intervenir rapidement. pic.twitter.com/DJJqWqteji
— Aviel Bensabat (@AvielBensabat) June 12, 2018
Israel's Ambassador to France Aliza Bin-Noun accused the city mayor of backing “Palestinian terrorism,” which she called “shameful and unacceptable.”
— Le Parisien | 95 (@LeParisien_95) June 12, 2018
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