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Avaaz Large majority of French to Macron: Tell Bibi sanctions are on the table!
[From an email by Ofer Neiman, representing BDS Ongoing Campaigns]


A recent IFOP poll shows a majority (67%) of French citizens now support President Macron putting sanctions on the table when he speaks with Netanyahu, and 59% agree that there should be a ban on settlement goods.

Avaaz has delivered these results to President Macron ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu today. If you want more details, please send me an email or call +972 597 599 446 and I can forward the detailed poll break down to you.

Supermajority of French to Macron: Tell Bibi sanctions are on the table

67% of French people think that President Macron should raise the prospect of sanctioning Israel over the shooting of unarmed protesters in Gaza, a new IFOP poll has found.

The poll, commissioned by the global citizens movement Avaaz as part of its Palestinian Lives Matter campaign, comes a day before Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu arrives for talks in Paris.

119 unarmed protesters have been killed in Gaza in recent weeks, and 3,630 have been injured with live ammunition. The most recent victim was 21 year old volunteer medic Razan Al-Najjar, who was shot dead on Friday while trying to help an injured protester. The UN has condemned the violence and called for an independent investigation.

The poll says:

63% of the French people want EU leaders to consider sanctions until Israels treatment of the Palestinian people improves

67% want President Macron to put the prospect of sanctions on the table when he talks to Netanyahu

59% agree that goods made in illegal Israeli settlements should be restricted in the EU

63% think Israel should face consequences from the international community over the killings

Marie Yared, Avaaz Senior Campaigner, said: Israel is acting like a rogue state, killing women and children in Gaza with impunity. Palestinian lives matter, and Macron must listen to the French people and raise the prospect of sanctions on Israel unless this horror-show stops immediately.

The poll comes on the heels of a global Avaaz campaign, calling on world leaders to adopt sanctions on key Israeli industries until Palestinians are granted full and equal civil rights. It has been signed by almost 800,000 people so far, and delivered to European Foreign Ministers via a giant shoe monument last week in Brussels - you can find photos here.

Contact: For comments or any questions regarding the poll results, please contact media@avaaz.org.

Please find the exact wording of the questions below:

On May 14th, 60 unarmed protesters in Palestine were shot dead by the Israeli army and 2,700 were injured. In light of these events, what is your opinion on the questions below?

1/ In your view, should Israel face consequences from the international community?

Strongly agree

Somehow agree

Somehow oppose

Strongly oppose

No opinion/Not sure

2/ In the past, sanctions have been used to hold states responsible for human rights abuses to account. In your view, should European countries consider sanctions on Israel until its treatment of Palestinians improves.

Strongly agree

Somehow agree

Somehow oppose

Strongly oppose

No opinion/Not sure

3/ In your view, should European countries consider restrictions on the import and sale of products from Israeli settlements on Palestinian land that are deemed illegal under international law.

Strongly agree

Somehow agree

Somehow oppose

Strongly oppose

No opinion/Not sure

4/ Israels PM Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit French President Macron on June 5th in Paris. In your view, should President Macron tell him that sanctions will be considered if Israel continues to kill unarmed protesters?

Strongly agree

Somehow agree

Somehow oppose

Strongly oppose

No opinion/Not sure
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