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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 

Marine Le Pen should be welcome to attend Mireille Knoll's funeral

Many politicians in France are going to show solidarity with the family of Holocaust survivor Mirielle Knoll, and Marine Le Pen wants to join; the family themselves approve:
Family members and friends gathered Wednesday to honour an 85-year-old woman who escaped the Nazis 76 years ago but was stabbed to death last week in her Paris apartment, apparently because she was Jewish.

Mireille Knoll's death has taken on national importance, reminding France of both historic anti-Semitism and its resurgence in some quarters in recent years.

French President Emmanuel Macron decried the "barbaric" views that fueled an Islamic extremist's supermarket hostage-taking last week as well as Knoll's killing. In a speech Wednesday, Macron said Knoll's attacker "murdered an innocent and vulnerable woman because she was Jewish, and in doing so profaned our sacred values and our history."

Sombre-faced guests arrived for Knoll's funeral ceremony Wednesday at the Jewish section of the cemetery in the Paris suburb of Bagneux.

Later Wednesday, silent marches are being held around the country in her honour, and to denounce racism.

Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen is insisting on attending the Paris march, despite criticism from France's leading Jewish group.

The head of the CRIF Jewish group said Le Pen's National Front and members of the far-left would not be welcome at the marches because of anti-Semitic sentiment among their members.

Le Pen tweeted Wednesday that the CRIF can't stop her from attending. She has sought to distance herself from the anti-Semitism that stained her party in the past, instead focusing anger on immigrants and Islamic extremists.

The National Front said it was maintaining its appeal to members to attend Wednesday's marches because Knoll's son Daniel said "everyone, without exception" is welcome to join.
There is a sign of weakness in this, unfortunately. Guess on what matter?
Speaking on RMC radio, Daniel Knoll said he wanted to encourage national unity and distanced himself from the CRIF's political position.

"Whether it is a Jewish mother, a black mother, a Protestant mother, a Muslim mother, they are all our mothers. They have the right to live normally, with love," he said.
Now I'm disappointed. If a Muslim mother indoctrinates her offspring, why should she be allowed join? The mother of Mohammed Merah was part and parcel of his own koranic influence, as she made clear at the related trials, and now Knoll's willing to excuse the very ideology that led to the mother's murder? That's where he's making a serious mistake, maybe even more than CRIF's opposition to the National Rally attending the memorial.

The reason Le Pen should be allowed to attend is because this way, any speech she gives can serve as what to judge her by. If Steve Bannon joins and he defends her, CRIF will be in a position where they'll have to decide whether he's friend or foe. I hope it's the former. On the other hand, the communist Unbowed party probably shouldn't be welcome, because they're more questionable than the National Rally is now (notice how the MSM continues to refer to the party by its original name? Proving they absolutely will not let go of the past, nor will they consider present issues).

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