“We are in low politics”, denounces the PS deputy Jérôme Guedj, “at no time did I ask for this cancellation”

The member for Essonne recognizes “a point of disagreement” with La France insoumise, but denounces “gross manipulation”.


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Socialist deputy Jérôme Guedj, during the national tribute to Robert Badinter, Place Vendôme in Paris, February 14, 2024. (LUC NOBOUT / MAXPPP)

“We are in low politics”denounces Wednesday April 17 on franceinfo the PS deputy for Essonne Jérôme Guedj, while several members of the Insoumis clearly designate him as responsible for the cancellation of a conference on Palestine in which Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Rima Hassan were to participate Thursday at the University of Lille. “At no time did I request this cancellation”assures the deputy. “These are very violent comments”he denounces, in reference to messages posted on X mentioning him.

“I am committed to academic freedom, I am committed to freedom of expression, I am always Charlie, even with people I disagree with”, assures the elected official. Jérôme Guedj explains that he mentioned “a point of disagreement”regarding a logo which appears at the bottom right of the conference poster, and which reads “Free Palestine”, with “a map which represents the entire region and therefore the State of Israel”. “I am a defender of the two-state solution, and it has been a constant for years. One of the candidates on Manon Aubry’s list has not always had this position”underlines the elected official, also vice-president of the France-Israel friendship group in the National Assembly.

A form of “instrumentalization”

“I am willing to have the debate, but to distort it to the point of saying as they wrote in their press release that it was under my influence that the conference was canceled… We can clearly see that this is a crude manipulation “adds Jérôme Guedj. “They are forced to single out themselves, and I find that it is a form of exploitation and also of importation of this conflict, and frankly if we have to be responsible when we are a political leader, it is to avoid The importance of this conflict is to avoid essentializing it, it is to avoid making it a divisive subject in the national political debate at this point.

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