Two BDS activists were convicted by a Montpellier court of incitement and Holocaust denial and fined 3000 euro. They will also have to pay a very symbolic one euro in damages to each of the civil parties that joined the case: LDH (League of Human Rights), LICRA (International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism ), France-Israel Association, MRAP (Movement against Racism), Lawyers without Borders, and the antisemitism watchdog BNVCA.What a coincidence that two BDS members happened to accidentally share the same antisemitic graphic and post!
The two, Saadia Ben Fakha (26) and Husein Abu-Zaid (58), are members of BDS France 34, the local branch in Hérault. Abu-Zaid is the group's spokesperson.
In August 2014, the two posted on their Facebook account, an image comparing the Israeli army to Nazi Germany along with a caption saying "The Nazis and Zionists are two sides of the same coin" and that "What Hitler did to the Jews was done so that the world will sympathize with them and give them all the rights".
LDH Montpellier, who often participate in BDS activities, discovered the Holocaust-denial posting and requested that it be removed. However, BDS did not explicitly condemn it until LDH turned to the police, and even then absolved their activists of all responsibility.
The two claimed they had clicked on it by accident, and did not see or read the image before sharing it. BDS 34 supported its two activists and denied they were antisemitic.
Here is the post, from 2014:
rushed to defend their two antisemitic members. They even held a rally in their support.
The original graphic of the pig-tailed "Israeli" soldier was fabricated for this poster. The image was taken and photoshopped from the original art on the right. Since it is too difficult for the haters to find true analogies between Nazis and Jews, they have to make them up.
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