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French President Macron Embraces Netanyahu in "Unprecedented" Condemnation of Anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust

Raphael Ahren : Jul 17, 2017 : Times of Israel

"Time does its work. Archives open and the truth comes out. It's stark, irrevocable. It imposes itself on us all." -French President Emmanuel Macron

(France)—[Times of Israel] French president Emmanuel Macron on Sunday condemned anti-Zionism as a new form of anti-Semitism, in what observers said was an unprecedented statement from the leader of France in support of the Jewish state. (Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron embraces Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup in Paris/AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kamil Zihnioglu/via Times of Israel)

"We will never surrender to the messages of hate; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism," Macron said an event in Paris marking the mass deportation of French Jews during World War II. He was directly addressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who attended the event.

During a lengthy and introspective speech commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup, a mass arrest of 13,152 French Jews in July 1942 that was part of the Nazi effort to eradicate the Jews of France, Macron forcefully denounced Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

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