The daughter of two far left French parliamentarians has been arrested in Paris for allegedly posting antisemitic content on social media that amounts to “apologizing for terrorism” and “provocation to commit intentional attacks,” according to the police charge sheet.
22-year-old Inès Corbière was arrested on Tuesday for posts made in the wake of the Oct. 7 Hamas pogrom in southern Israel, in which more than 1,200 people were murdered and over 200 kidnapped amid atrocities that included rape, bodily mutilation and decapitation.
Corbière is the daughter of Raquel Garrido and Alexis Corbière, two MPs who sit in the French National Assembly on behalf of “La France Insoumise” (LFI — “France Rising”), a far left grouping that has frequently attacked Israel’s military response to the Hamas atrocities.
Corbière is understood to have operated a now suspended account on the X/Twitter platform using the handle “Babynesou.”
One comment on the feed spoke disparagingly of the Israeli hostages being held by Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
“Maybe I don’t have a soul, but they don’t bother me at all, I even find them rather annoying, especially the kids,” the post read.
On the eve of a pro-Hamas march in Paris, another post asked provocatively: “Who’s excited to go and destroy the Zionists there?”
Another post dated Nov. 14 showed a young woman understood to be Corbière arguing with a person who was filming her at a demonstration on a cellphone. “I’m antisemitic, I don’t give a damn!” the woman is heard yelling before telling her interlocutor to “stop filming.”
Antisemitism in France has surged since the Oct. 7 Hamas pogrom, with more than 1,500 incidents recorded between October and November.
A statement issued by LFI two days after the pogrom described the onslaught on Israeli civilians as an “armed offensive by Palestinian forces led by Hamas.” Earlier this month, another LFI MP, David Guiraud, faced widespread criticism when posted a video from the Japanese manga cartoon “One Piece” in which a character known as Doflamingo complains of being silenced in denouncing the crimes of the “Heavenly Dragons,” an ultra wealthy and secretive global elite that serves as a “world government.”
The theme has been eagerly picked up by antisemitic agitators who regard it as a symbol of the world Jewish conspiracy imagined in antisemitic screeds such as the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a fabrication of the Russian secret police first published in the early 20th century.
Russia Extends Invitation to Palestinian Factions for Talks in Moscow
i24 News – Russia has extended invitations to various Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Fatah, for discussions on the Israel-Hamas conflict and broader issues in the Middle East.
Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov announced the initiative on Friday, highlighting Moscow’s desire to engage with all major players in the region amid heightened tensions.
The invitation included a dozen Palestinian groups and is slated for “inter-Palestinian” talks scheduled to commence on February 29.
Bogdanov, serving as President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for the Middle East, emphasized the inclusivity of the invitation, stating, “We invited all Palestinian representatives — all political forces that have their positions in different countries, including Syria, Lebanon, and other countries in the region.”
Among the invitees are Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, alongside representatives of Fatah and the broader Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
The invitation comes at a critical juncture as the Israel-Hamas conflict continues to escalate, drawing international attention and concern. Russia’s proactive stance in convening discussions reflects its growing criticism of Israel and its Western allies, underscoring Moscow’s efforts to assert its influence in the region.
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Netanyahu: Those Who Want us to Desist from Rafah Op Are Telling Us to Lose
i24 News – Hamas drops its “delusional” demands, productive hostage talks could begin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday, stressing Israel would not agree to the terror group’s current demands.
WATCH: PM Netanyahu delivers a statement after Hamas suspended negotiations pic.twitter.com/nxISPb4JUm
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“I insist that Hamas should abandon its delusional demands – and when it does, we will be able to move forward,” Netanyahu said in a statement live on TV.
“Those who want us to desist from the Rafah operation,” the leader said in an apparent reference to the U.S. administration of President Joe Biden, “are telling us we should lose. We won’t be dictated to.”
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Iran Unveils New Air Defense Weaponry
i24 News – Iran demonstrated new weaponry on Saturday, including what it said was the locally made Arman anti-ballistic missile system and the Azarakhsh low-altitude air defense system, said the official IRNA news agency. Saturday’s unveiling ceremony of the two vehicle-mounted systems was held in the presence of Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani.
“With the entry of new systems into the country’s defense network, the air defense capability of the Islamic Republic of Iran will increase significantly,” said IRNA.
Video of the new Azarakhsh SHORAD engaging a target drone
— Iran Defense|نیروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ایران (@IranDefense) February 17, 2024
The Arman missile system is said to be able to “simultaneously confront six targets at a distance of 120 to 180 km,” while the Azarakhsh missile system “can identify and destroy targets up to a range of 50 km with four ready-to-fire missiles.”
The announcement comes amid tensions across the Middle East, with Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis attacking vessels linked to the United States, UK and Israel in the Red Sea in a show of solidarity with the Gaza Strip.
— Press TV (@PressTV) February 17, 2024
The U.S. and its allies in the Middle East are concerned with Iran’s growing role at the international global arms market, The Wall Street Journal said on Friday. The transformation of the industry, boosted by Russia’s “purchase of thousands of drones that altered the battlefield in Ukraine, has helped Tehran scale up its support of militia allies in Middle East conflicts,” read the report.