French Protesters: Israel’s Real Brand Is Colonization, Occupation, Apartheid (VIDEO)

Protesters from BDS France chanted 'boycott apartheid Israel' at the international fair trade, VivaTech. (Photo: via Twitter)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

French activists in Paris protested on Saturday in front of an Israeli pavilion at VivaTech, a major international fair for start-ups.

Protesters from BDS France, a group that supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestinian rights, chanted “boycott apartheid Israel” and “stop the massacres in Gaza.”

A video published on their website showed the participants being pressured to clear from the scene, but they took the ground instead and continued their chants:

In a statement, the BDS France commented:

“With the presence of this pavilion, Israel is being honored and marketed as a ‘start-up nation,’ an appealing country at the forefront of technological innovation that can ensure our security and improve our lives. But Israel’s real brand identity is colonization, occupation and apartheid.”

The statement added,

“By organizing this year’s event, where an official delegation by the Israeli trade ministry is represented, the French government has chosen to support “the Israeli apartheid regime, help whitewash its image and make France complicit in its crimes.”

On May 16, protesters rallied in central Paris in a protest against the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, while similar solidarity actions were held around France.

Despite the popular outrage at the deadly attacks and calls for recalling France’s ambassador’s to Tel Aviv, the government’s response was mere expressions of disapproval of the Israeli violence.

In an online poll run by the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, around two-thirds of the 33,500 people surveyed approved that France should recall its ambassador from Tel Aviv.

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