Threats, complaints, calls for dissolution: the pro-Israel far right attempts to intimidate Collectif Palestine Vaincra

The following is republished from the original French at Collectif Palestine Vaincra: The Collectif Palestine Vaincra is a member organization of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network based in Toulouse, France.

Over several days, Collectif Palestine Vaincra shared images on social media, highlighting “art hack” or “ad hack” posters placed inside JC Decaux advertising signs (without damaging the signs or the casing), denouncing Israeli apartheid and calling for the boycott of Israel and complicit corporations, like Puma. These photos were shared by hundreds of people and reached hundreds of thousands on various social media networks.

In response to this successful public awareness campaign, several organizations close to the Israeli extreme right launched a campaign of threats and attempted intimidation on social media, in particular the BNVCA (National Office for Vigilance Against Antisemitism), the OJE (European Jewish Organization), B’nai Brith France, Elnet France, Eli Nahum , the Simon-Wiesenthal Center, the French Union against Antisemitism, the Jewish Defense League and personalities from CRIF and FSJU.

These attacks were further promoted by extreme-right, pro-Zionist “media” outlets, including The Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post, Radio J, Radio Kol-Aviv, Europe-Israel and even Valeurs Actuelles.

It is no shock that such simple, anti-racist messages provoke such an extreme response from organizations and personalities dedicated to the defense of Israeli apartheid. Their announcements of mass filings of complaints and calls for the forced dissolution of the Collectif Palestine Vaincra in the media — over a few posters in support of Palestinian rights — speak volumes about their fear of seeing the development of anti-colonialist collectives and the growing movement in support of the Palestinian people in France. Their despicable comparisons that aim to equate solidarity with Palestine with “anti-Semitism,” “genocide,” “terrorism” or Mohammed Merah are pathetic methods that aim only to silence and intimidate us, yet fail to do so. To make things clear: We will not be silent! We will continue our support for the Palestinian people and their resistance, until the liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea!