UN’s Albanese: Hamas October 7 massacre a reaction to Israeli oppression

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, Francesca Albanese, expressed outrage on Saturday after French President Emmanuel Macron called the October 7 massacre “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century”, insisting that the massacre of 1,200 Israelis was simply a ” response to Israel’s oppression. .”

“The ‘greatest anti-Semitic massacre of our century’? No, Mr. @EmmanuelMacron. The victims of 7/10 were not murdered because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression. France and the international community have done nothing to prevent this. My respect for the victims,” Albanese wrote on X.

The French Foreign Ministry condemned Albanians’ comments, replying to X that “the October 7 massacre is the largest anti-Semitic massacre of the 21st century. Disputing it is a mistake. It seems shameful to justify this by including the name of the United Nations.

“These comments are all the more scandalous because the fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of racism is at the heart of the creation of the UN,” the French Foreign Ministry said.

French President Emmanuel Macron holds a ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of October 7, in the courtyard of the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, February 7, 2024 (credit: FLASH90)

Israeli government spokesman Eylon Levy welcomed France’s response to the UN official’s comments, writing: “Bravo, France, for calling out this terrible UN official for denying the intensely anti-Semitic motives of the Hamas massacre on October 7 and seemingly justifying it as a ‘response to Israeli oppression.'”


Foreign Minister Israel Katz called the comment “deeply disturbing” and called on UN Secretary General António Guterres to immediately fire the Albanians.

“The time of Jewish silence in the face of such misrepresentations is over. We must strongly and vocally oppose such stories,” Katz wrote.

Albanians have repeatedly spoken out in support of Palestinian terrorism

Albanese, who has served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories since May 2022, has repeatedly spoken out in support of Palestinian terrorism, describing such acts as “resistance” and “defense.”

She has also expressed support for boycotting Israelis, accused the State of Israel of committing genocide and downplayed findings that UNRWA employees were complicit in the October 7 massacre and members of Hamas.

In 2014, after Hamas kidnapped and murdered three young Israeli boys and then indiscriminately fired thousands of rockets into Israel, leading to the launch of Operation Protective Edge, Albanese posted on Facebook: “America and Europe, one of them subjugated by the Jewish lobby, and the other due to guilt over the Holocaust, remain on the sidelines and continue to condemn the oppressed – the Palestinians – who defend themselves with the only means they have (jaded missiles), instead of Israel to face up to its responsibilities under international law. The message has since been made private.

The Albanians have also repeatedly stated that Israel does not have the right to self-defense in the conflict with the Palestinians, even immediately after British-Israelis Lucy, Maia and Rina Dee were killed in a shooting in the Jordan Valley, and an Italian tourist was killed in a ram attack in Tel Aviv on the same day. Albanian has also linked the creation of the State of Israel to the Holocaust.

In December 2022, Albanians told a conference organized by Hamas in Gaza that “you have the right to resist this occupation.”

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