French Consul General in Jerusalem Denies Jews Have Historical Connection to Israel
October 15, 2012
This past week, the French Foreign Ministry chastised Frédéric Desagneaux, the French Consulate General in Jerusalem, because he intimated that the Jewish people have no historical connection to the land of Israel.
At a recent event held in Jerusalem celebrating "the 150th anniversary of France's contributions to archaeology in Palestine", Desagneaux testified to the "important archaeological projects that French archaeologists had helped to uncover in Palestine," including the Qumran Caves and Masada, only mentioning them in connection with Palestinians: "We have seen how important these heritage sites are to international recognition of Palestine, and France intends to continue to lead the movement to recognize the Palestinian's management of these sites."
Praising the cooperation between France and the PA, Desagneaux said that "in 150 years we have moved from French archaeology to Franco-Palestinian archaeology, and of course this is a wonderful development ... in 150 years we have moved from French archaeology to Franco-Palestinian archaeology, and of course this is a wonderful development."
Desagneaux felt comfortable invalidating Jewish history because only representatives of the Palestinian Authority were invited; no Jews were there.