On Friday 16th March 2018, Inminds Human Rights Group will protest outside the French Consulate in London to demand France stop its shameful McCarthyite persecution of activists who support a boycott of apartheid Israel.
On Monday 19th March the trial of human rights activist Olivia Zémor, the president of CAPJPO-EuroPalestine, begins at the Court of Versailles, in Paris. She is accused of asking the French singer Vanessa Paradis, seven years ago at a creative vigil outside her concert, not to perform in Tel Aviv and not to meet the then president of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres. The day after the vigil Vanessa Paradis announced cancellation of her performance in apartheid Israel. This apparently is classified as a hate crime, inciting hatred or violence against an ethnic, national, racial or religious group. The French state is prosecuting Olivia Zémor at the behest of the Israel lobby, the ultra-right wing Union of Jewish Communities of France, headed by infamous Franco-Israeli settler Sammy Ghozlan.
Inminds chair Abbas Ali said "It is shocking that in the 21st century France is carrying out witch hunts against activists who champion human rights in Palestine. Freedom of speech, freedom to boycott racism, freedom to stand with the oppressed is on trial in Paris on Monday. It is imperative that freedom wins."
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