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France moves to disband radical Jewish group after clashes with pro-Palestinian activists

Published on Jul 31, 2014 5:19 PM
 
People holding signs reading "Dissolution of the LDJ! (Jewish Defense League)" during a demonstration in front of the "Resistances" bookstore in Paris to call for the banning in France of the Jewish Defense League (Ligue de Defense Juive) on July 8, 2009. The French government is seeking to disband a radical Jewish group involved in recent clashes with pro-Palestinian activists during rallies against the Gaza offensive, a source told AFP Thursday, July 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - The French government is seeking to disband a radical Jewish group involved in recent clashes with pro-Palestinian activists during rallies against the Gaza offensive, a source told AFP Thursday.

News of the mooted ban came as France's main Jewish group prepared to stage a pro-Israel gathering in Paris, in response to weeks of protests marred by clashes, arrests and allegations of anti-Semitism.

The presence of fired-up Jewish Defence League (LDJ) activists on the sidelines of recent rallies was seen as one of the reasons they turned violent, with clashes outside a synagogue on July 13 leading to a ban on subsequent pro-Palestinian protests.

"We are carrying out an extremely fine analysis of the law," a source close to the case told AFP, confirming a report by French newspaper Liberation of the move to disband the LDJ.

 
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