Macron Hosts Memorial for October 7, the ‘Biggest Antisemitic Massacre of Our Century’
French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, February 7, described the October 7 massacre by Hamas in Israel as the “biggest antisemitic massacre of our century” as he hosted a ceremony paying tribute to the French victims.
He described the attack by the Palestinian terror group as “barbarism… which is fed by antisemitism and propagates it,” vowing also not to give in to “rampant and uninhibited antisemitism.”
The ceremony at the Invalides Memorial complex in Paris paid tribute to the 42 French citizens killed in the brutal incursion into southern communities by Hamas and the three others still missing, believed to be held hostage.
Macron said France would work “every day” for the release of the remaining French hostages. “Their empty chairs are there,” he said at the ceremony. “Nothing can justify or excuse terrorism,” he added.
In the UK however, outside pressure forced employees of a London theater to cancel a pro-Israel event hosted on Sunday night. Staff at the Apollo Theater backed out of working the public event after receiving threats via email, Alan Aziz, the CEO of Technion UK, the nonprofit that organized the fundraiser, told Jewish media.
British journalist Douglas Murray and British actress Louisa Clein planned to hold the discussion to raise money for Israeli soldiers. Murray posted on X, “We have arrived at the point where theaters in London no longer feel safe to support free speech - or at least not when the subject is about Jews or Israel.” (TOI / VFI News)
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