Member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Maryam Abu Daqqa, confirmed that she was placed under house arrest in southeastern France, after an order to expel her was issued that could not be implemented immediately.
The European Union classifies the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, as a terrorist organization.
The French Ministry of the Interior justified its decision by speaking of “a threat she poses to public order in the context of severe tensions” linked to the war between Israel and Hamas, which broke out after a bloody attack on the Hebrew state. According to an order dated Sunday, and the concerned party was informed of it on Monday, according to French media.
However, this expulsion order is not immediately enforceable because “it is necessary to provide physical preparations for the departure” of Maryam Abu Daqqa; As a result, she is under house arrest in Bouches-du-Rhône (south-east) for 45 days, until the end of November, with the obligation “to remain in the building in which she resides in Marseille from ten in the evening until seven in the morning,” and to show up “daily at 12:30 p.m. at the police station downtown,” according to the decision.
Abu Daqqa obtained a visa to enter France for 50 days from the French Consulate in Jerusalem at the beginning of August, where she was scheduled to participate in various conferences on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
On October 9, the President of the French National Assembly, Yael Brown-Bevit, decided to prevent the activist from coming to the Assembly, which, according to the presidency, was invited by Representative Ersilia Soudet of the Proud France Party (radical left), to make an intervention “on the occasion of the screening of the Yalla Gaza documentary” on November 9.
The representative stressed that she invited Abu Daqqa based on her “feminist activity.” Maryam Abu Daqqa’s participation in a conference at a university in Lyon (south-east) also sparked controversy, and in recent days she visited the Marseille region, where she was invited, among other activities, to a conference entitled “30 years after the Oslo Accords, where are we?”
It is noteworthy that the French authorities decided to ban any demonstrations or any form of support for Palestine, especially for the Hamas movement, a few days ago, considering that “these actions that are expected to occur after the Israeli military operation are a form of support for terrorism.”
The French authorities said that “demonstrations in public streets in support of Palestine are prohibited, and are punishable by six months in prison and a fine of 7,500 euros.”
At the end of last week, more than 1,400 people were killed in Israel, after Hamas militants infiltrated the border with Israel and attacked civilians and soldiers.
In Gaza, nearly 3,000 people were killed due to Israeli bombing, in addition to nearly 1,000 people who went missing under the rubble, according to the Palestinian authorities.
It is noteworthy that the Palestinian people have been under the Israeli occupation since 1967, and Tel Aviv refuses to implement international resolutions aimed at establishing a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.