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Macron, Netanyahu Mark 75th Anniversary of Paris Roundup of Jews

French president Emmanuel Macron told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday that France bears responsibility for mass arrests of Jews in Paris during World War II.

"It was indeed France that organized this," Macron said, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the event.

Macron condemned France's participation as well as those who denied it or blamed the Germans for the roundup of 13,000 Jews sent to Nazi death camps from the Velodrome d'Hiver, an indoor cycle track, in 1942.

Netanyahu's presence was protested by groups including the Union of French Jews for Peace (UJFP) who accuse the Israeli government of "usurping the memory of the victims of Nazism to make people believe that Israel represents all the world's Jews."

Speaking from the Velodrome, Macron also reiterated France's support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for which negotiations have been frozen for three years.

Macron also affirmed this support to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas when he met with him on Wednesday, while also expressing France's opposition to Israeli settlements.

Quote of the Day:
“Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.”


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