War between Israel and Hamas: “The impasse of revenge

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On the front page of the press, this Tuesday, November 7, the results of a month of war between Israel and Hamas, in Gaza. The conflict in the Middle East, the shock wave of which is crossing France, where 1,040 anti-Semitic acts have been recorded since October 7 by the Ministry of the Interior. A situation which arouses both “concern” and “resilience” among French Jews. Asylum seekers driven out of Pakistan. And environmental news from the UK.

On the front page of the press, the results of a month of war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

A resident desperately searching for victims under the rubble, a scene that has become daily in Gaza and on the front page of L’Orient Le Jour. “Already 10,000 dead”: the Lebanese daily uses the Hamas figure and accuses Israel of “war crimes” in Gaza, of “throwing the Arabs into the arms of Iran and Hezbollah”. A month after the “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation, nearly 200 Israeli hostages are still in the hands of Hamas, their families are still experiencing a “nightmare” and Haaretz is once again calling this morning for the resignation of Benyamin Netanyahu, accused to constitute an “existential danger” for the Jewish State. The Israeli Prime Minister, whom L’Humanité sees “getting stuck in his one-upmanship”, locking Palestinians and Israelis into “the impasse of revenge”. L’Humanité also publishes the reports of three Palestinian journalists from “terrified” Gazans, like Susanne, who says she refuses to leave the Jabalya camp because “death is everywhere anyway.” Death, omnipresent in the minds of the Wiess-Hurvitz family in west Jerusalem, whose members are trying to get through one of the worst traumas in Israel’s history together, thinking that “in the end, the only solution will be diplomatic and will allow the Palestinians to no longer vote for Hamas.”

The conflict in the Middle East, the shock wave of which is crossing France, where 1,040 anti-Semitic acts have been recorded since October 7 by the Ministry of the Interior. The Cross reflects both the “concern” and the “resilience” of French Jews, particularly during Shabbat, the last day of the Jewish week, dedicated to rest. On the occasion of this day supposed to bring joy, supposed to allow a break from the tumult of the world and whose traditions are illustrated by Laurence Le Chau, La Croix met members of the Jewish community in Eaubonne, in the Paris region. Everyone has their personal interpretation of the increase in anti-Semitic acts in recent weeks. For Patrick, “it’s not a rise in anti-Semitism, it’s a resurgence.” Others recount the pogroms in Eastern Europe or their childhood hidden under occupation. “It’s no longer 1940!”, temper some. But continuity is mentioned: “And Copernic Street, in 1980? And Ilan Halimi, in 2006? Hyper Cacher, in 2015?” By showing its support for Israel, by affirming that the RN “protects” the French from Jewish faith, Marine Le Pen is now increasing her messages towards this community which was until then electorally hostile to her, in particular because of the declarations of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen. But the new positioning of the RN still does not seem to go without saying, as evidenced by the declaration of Jordan Bardella, the current president of the RN, who believes that the founder of the far-right party is “not anti-Semitic”. while he was convicted six times for this, recalls Le Monde.

 

And while the world’s eyes are on the Middle East, Pakistan has begun expelling hundreds of thousands of refugees. According to The Washington Post, more than 1.5 million people are in the crosshairs of a “repatriation” plan, the implementation of which began on November 1 – a plan which concerns refugees without papers – mainly Afghans, but also other asylum seekers, Uyghurs from China and Rohingya from Burma, communities persecuted in their countries. The Pakistani government says it is carrying out these expulsions for “security reasons”, affirming that 14 of the 24 major terrorist attacks carried out this year in the country were carried out by Afghan nationals.

Asylum seekers and migrants are also flocking to the gates of Europe. Gazeta Shqiptare announces the opening, in Albania – which is not a member of the EU – of two centers for migrants rescued at sea, under an agreement signed yesterday by the President of the Italian Council Giorgia Meloni and her counterpart Albanian Edil Rama. These two centers, managed by Italy, should be operational next spring and welcome up to 36,000 migrants from Africa per year, according to the Albanian daily.

The environment, which is also being talked about a lot this morning in the British press, which is ironic about the speech that Charles III will deliver today – his first speech from the throne -, prepared, as tradition dictates, by the Prime Minister. Where things get complicated for the very eco-friendly Charles IIII, according to The I, is that the defense of the environment is not really in the spirit of the times across the Channel, where Rishi Sunak has notably already announced new licenses for exploitation and drilling of hydrocarbons in the North Sea. The father, Charles III, is forced to announce measures that are not very “eco-friendly”. And the son, Harry, who calls himself green, went to a Katy Perry concert aboard the private jet of a friend, the son of an oil tycoon – that’s a bit of a mess and obviously didn’t help. not escaped the Sun, of which Harry is the bane. Clearly, nothing is going well in Her Majesty’s kingdom, where The Times reports that activists from the environmental organization Just Stop Oil infiltrated the National Gallery in London yesterday to vandalize the painting “Venus in the Mirror”. ” by Velazquez. A shock action to denounce, precisely, the United Kingdom’s oil and gas projects. An action disapproved, visibly, by the designer Blower, whose drawing shows Venus in the mirror horrified by the degradation of which she is the victim. A drawing found on Twitter.

We won’t leave each other on this. Before we see you tomorrow, a word about today’s designation of the prestigious Goncourt Prize. It will be around 1 p.m. Paris time, as tradition requires and according to the ritual imagined in 1903, at the foot of the staircase of the Drouant restaurant, in Paris. The opportunity for La Croix to have fun with the sacrosanct French literary prizes, much criticized, in particular because of the choices of the jurors and their supposed favoritism. La Croix notes that in this matter, “just as prices resist grievances, grievances resist arguments”. An academic comments: “The existence of objective criteria for judging the quality of a text is increasingly difficult to gain acceptance. I see this with our students, for whom taste prevails over the complexity of the text, its finesse of construction, benefit for the spirit”. A state of affairs that he attributes “to the powerfully democratic culture” of the younger generations, for whom “to say that the work of Marcel Proust brings more than a Harlequin can be akin to class contempt”.

This article is originally published on france24.com

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