La France insoumise is regularly questioned about its links with the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas. “We do not know the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, we have never worked with them,” said Manuel Bompard, one of the leaders of the Insoumis, at the microphone of BFM-RMC this Wednesday.
The PFLP is a Palestinian political and military movement considered “terrorist” by Israel, but also by the United States and the European Union. It has been widely discussed since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas and particularly since the release of the hostages. An IDF soldier ured Tuesday that the Bibas family – parents Shiri and Jordan as well as their children Ariel (4 years old) and Kfir (10 months) – would be in the hands of this organization. According to him, they were detained from the Khan Yunis region, after having kidnapped by Hamas from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7.
Israeli diplomacy also claims that the PFLP would have participated in the attacks of October 7, which the movement has not yet confirmed, and would have links with certain parties of the French left.
On November 9, party deputy Ersilia Soudais supported the visit to the National embly of Palestinian activist Mariam Abou Daqqa on the occasion of the screening of the documentary “Yallah Gaza”. His visit had finally been banned by the President of the embly Yaël Braun-Pivet, who refused to “give violence and hatred a platform”. The 72-year-old activist, under deportation because of “her membership in the political bureau of the PFLP”, was arrested in Paris the same day and placed in administrative detention.
Neither PFLP nor Hamas
Manuel Bompard also appeared on November 23 during a conference in Marseille alongside Salah Hamouri. This Franco-Palestinian lawyer was imprisoned in Israel between 2005 and 2011, notably for “complicity” with the PFLP. “We are trying to invent pseudo-links,” denies the LFI coordinator.
Tuesday evening, LFI deputy Éric Coquerel did not say anything else. “I simply know that Palestinians historically were part of the PFLP, I don’t know any more,” he said on BFMTV. “We have no link with the PFLP, any more than with Hamas,” repeats the deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis.