Reconnaître l'Apartheid

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  • The umbrella organization leading the pro-Palestinian protests in France is the National Collective for a Just and Lasting Peace between Palestinians and Israelis (CNPJDPI). The collective, established in 2000, is a mélange of more than 50 organizations combining specifically Palestinian movements, such as the General Union of Palestinian Students and the France-Palestine Solidarity Association. Muslim movements, such as the Muslim Collective of France; anti-war, climate and social movements, including the peace movement, the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen Action (Attac), labor unions such as the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), which is the largest labor union in the country; and parties from the far-left, including the Left Party (PG) and the Communist Workers’ Party (Collectif website, July 10, 2010).

  • The members of the Collective are united around a charter which calls for the withdrawal of IDF forces from the territories, sending an international force to protect the Palestinians, suspending the association agreement between the EU and Israel, the preservation of the rights of the Palestinians and the implementation of UN resolutions, a just and sustainable peace between the State of Israel and a Palestinian state and opposition to any racial violence in France, especially against Jews or Arabs (Collectif website, July 16, 2015). The Collective’s activity focuses on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaigns against Israel and efforts to promote French recognition of a Palestinian state (Collectif website, September 19, 2015).