Creating new perspectives since 2009

French lawmaker calls for sanctions on Israel over Gaza war

French MP Alma Dufour addressed the National Assembly, highlighting the distressing situation in Gaza as bombardments resume. Dufour states the harrowing statistics: 16,000 people, including 6,150 children, have lost their lives, and 40,000 are suffering from acute dysentery due to lack of drinking water in Gaza. She highlights the death toll from settler violence in the West Bank, the increasing attacks in Lebanon and the gravity of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. ‘Every day, we see the videos sent to us of children's corpses, with their names written on their wrists for identification under the rubble,’ she says. Dufour says Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is jeopardising regional security and calls for diplomatic and economic sanctions against the Israeli government, labelling them as ‘assassins.’

December 7, 2023 at 10:38 am

French MP, Alma Dufour, of La France Insoumise has called on the government to impose sanctions on Israel over its ongoing aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip, in which it has killed over 16,000 Palestinians including over 6,000 children, she explained.

Speaking at the National Assembly, Dufour addressed French Prime Minister Elisabeth Bourne and said: “Madam Minister, the truce has ended, and hell has returned to earth. With 1.9 million Gazans displaced in the south, which was also not free from Israeli bombing.”

“How long will you continue to allow [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu to put the entire Middle East region in danger?” she asked.

She said they had all seen the images of children dying in Gaza, adding that President Emmanuel Macron had called for a ceasefire, however days later his deputy reassured Israel of France’s support for it.

“We must,” she continued, “impose diplomatic and economic sanctions” on Israel.

READ: France opens door to EU talks on Israel settler sanctions