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Israel Demands Explanation After French Diplomat Punches Israeli Soldier in the Face (VIDEO)

September 22, 2013 11:47 am 45 comments

French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing throwing a punch at an IDF soldier at Khirbet al-Makhul, in the Jordan Valley, on Friday, September 20, 2013. Photo: Screenshot.

French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing throwing a punch at an IDF soldier at Khirbet al-Makhul, in the Jordan Valley, on Friday, September 20, 2013. Photo: Screenshot.

French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing punched an Israeli soldier in the face at the weekend prompting Israel’s Foreign Ministry to demand “an explanation of this blatant violation of diplomatic codes of conduct,” according to reports from AFP and Israel Hayom on Sunday.

Israel Hayom published footage of Fesneau-Castaing striking a helmeted border policeman on the chin with her fist. The punch was thrown on Friday, when IDF troops arrived to disperse a group of European diplomats as they tried to hand out tents and other equipment to Bedouin in Khirbet al-Makhul.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said, “Israel rejects the one-sided announcement which was published by the spokespersons of HR [Catherine] Ashton and Commissioner Georgieva regarding the events in the Northern Jordan Valley. This announcement ignores the European diplomats’ blunt violation of the law, their disregard to a ruling of the Israeli court and their unnecessary provocation under the alleged pretext of humanitarian aid.”

“Diplomats are sent by their governments to be a bridge and not act as provocateurs,” it said. “Israel has already made it clear that it will not accept this misconduct. Israel’s response will reflect the seriousness of these violations.”

Foreign ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson told AFP that Fesneau-Castaing lay down on the ground as an act of “passive resistance” against enforcement of a court order against unlicensed building by Bedouin.

“She was removed from the vehicle… then she dropped herself onto the ground… nobody threw her on the floor,” he told AFP. “There was violence from her side when she stood up and she walked over and she punched the officer in the face,” Hirschson added.

On Monday, Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that a group of houses, stables and a kindergarten in Khirbet al-Makhul did not have proper building permits, leading to Israel’s decision to destroy the structures.

Israel Hayom cited the IDF as saying that its forces had tried to stop locals erecting tents in the area on Friday and locals and “foreign activists” had responded by throwing rocks. The IDF used non-lethal riot dispersal means after the rocks were thrown.

A video of the incident can be viewed below.

45 Comments

  • THE RESPONSE SHOULD HAVE BEEN “DRAW AND FIRE, POINT BLANK!

  • Rachamim Dwek

    Sadly, even Jewish sources get most of the facts wrong. “Makhul,” also known as “Khirbet al Makhul” and “Khirbet Khallet Makhul” isnt a village. It is a shepards camp on state labd. First established in the late-1980s” by shepards from al Malih and al Madarib (the latter actually an illegal settlement, as opposed to Makhul which is only home to a couple of male shepards). In fact, Aref Daraghmah, Mayor of al Malih, claims to be the mayor of Madarib and Makhul as well, an unheard of thing in local culture, thereby showing that neither of the two places, Madarib and Makhul have any legal standing. Moreover, al Malih itself merely gained its legal standing in 2007, under the PA. Madarib and Makhul were ignored. Claiming that Makhul is now a village is an out and out lie.

    The Reuters report is the source for most of the misconceptions now floating around. Penned by a Palestinian stringer, it is nothing more than Palestinian Propaganda. Since 2005 the Israeli courts have been handing out demolition and eviction notices for Makhul and every time Israel enforces these judicial orders the shepards, helped by Anti Israel NGOs re-build the structures. The operation on September 16th was the fourth time since 2007 that Israel demolished the camp. On October 2nd Israel was forced to do so for the fifth time.

    As for the French EU representative, Marion Fesneau Castaing, she not only violated extant diplomatic conventions by meddling in internal Israeli issues, but actually punched a MAGAV (Border Police) officer in the mouth.

    The Jordan Valley, where Makhul exists, is home to a mere 8,000 Palestinians, is the largest portion of the so called “West Bank.” The other 40,000 Palestinians in Area C could all move into the valley and it would not matter in the least to Israel- so long as they do not do so on state lands. This is simply a case of squatting and the judicial order to curb it. Turning it into and Israeli/Palestinian issue is disgusting, but to be expected.

  • Hitting jews appears to come naturally to her,
    her Grandfather was probably a Gendarme!

  • Ming the Merciless

    Haaaw! Come on, this was not a punch, the ho just pushed him in the face…

    However, ya jooz will eventually have to put your pants on and expel all this terrorist vermin.

    Why, as we speak, the Malays are tossing out 5 million Indonesian illegal…and nobody say a word…I say ILLEGALS,
    not TERRORISTS, like these Paleo-Simians from Egypt, Syria and Lebanon…

    COME ON, DO IT!!!

    GET RID OF THE GARBAGE!!!

  • she is a Pig

  • She takes a punch at a bystanding soldier…and it’s filmed. There goes her “diplomatic” career. Back to her former “profession. She can do it on her back.

  • I applaud the actions of Maron Fesneau. She came bearing humanitarian gifts for people who had their homes destroyed by the “most moral army.” I hope that this photo goes viral along with the reasons for why this new Joan of Arc smacked the border police. The world needs to know what Israel is doing to people who lived on the land long before the first European Jew ever set foot in Palestine. It is past time for the world to tell Israel that they cannot continue to behave as barbarians.

    • The first European Jew may have only set foot in Israel in the early 1900’s (long before the Holocaust) however Jews have been in Israel as long or longer than the Bedouin. Why don’t you do some research before you reveal your ignorance – once posted cannot be retracted! Even google or wikipedia would do, presuming you cannot be bothered attending any courses or reading any history books.

    • Felix Charles Ginajil

      U r stupid, not knowing any history. U r talking when yr brain is on yr knee not head.

    • Jan, I think you should go and learn some history, and the sooner the better. The Arab propaganda of lies and more lies has convinced you that there were no Jews in Palestine prior to European settlement. I am not going to convince you since you know so weel, but I would suggest that you go and read a little bit about the people that never was a people, the Palestinians, and the fact that the PLO was invented by the Soviet Union as a tool against the West. As for the issue itself, I understand that in your country evryone can build wherever without a permit and nobody will demolish a structure even when ordered by the Court…I live in Australia, and the Municipalities do this every day and they roll the cost over on the person who built without a permit.

    • You had better get your history books right. You show ignorance. The Jews have every right to return to Israel. Arab in the whole of the Middle East are there as conquerors or at best squatters. As for this so called Marion Fresneau she shows more to be a provocateur that pretends to be a diplomat.She should go back to France before it become Francearabia.

    • Dear Jan,
      Diplomats can not interfere in enforcement of Court verdicts. Diplomats can not beat Police on duty.

      I suggest her try it in Paris, I am sure that French police would beat her and throw in jail.
      This is absolutely blatant ignorant and unprofessional behaviour for diplomats. It just shows clearly what kind of people work in EU government.

    • Ming the Merciless

      Hey, Jan, you nazi tramp, you forgot to yell “Heil Hitler” like a good socialist!

    • what to say about your comment? you d’ant know what you say, is only demagogic.

    • If I had been the IDF officer, I’d have shot her between her eyes.

  • David Josef Rosenbaum

    Israel will always face threats and humiliation and we will have to deal with it, if we like it or not. I think our problem is that we have been too obsessed with the Germans or rather Nazis in the past and with Iran now. There is Anti-Semitism everywhere and the French have always been prone to be anti-semetic. If I may just remind you of the Dreyfuss Affair….. Also, the French are underimed by millions of Muslim immigrants who much rather see Israel gone than well and alive. Let´s be thankful for our allies the U.S. and Germany. I have gotten my German passport (through my grandfather) back because I am not sure if the French or British will really protect me.

  • IT LOOKS LIKE SHE WAS READY TO GIVE A RIGHT CROSS
    FOLLOWING THE LEFT HOOK..WHAT GIVES WITH THESE
    EUROPEANS …THEY SHOULD BE OUT PROTESTING THE CARNAGE
    THE ARABS ARE INFLICTING ON THEIR OWN PEOPLE..INSTEAD OF
    GANGING UP ON ISRAEL FOR BUILDING HOUSING AND ENFORCING
    SOME BENIGN ISRAELI LAWS.
    TROUBLE IS ISRAEL IS SAFE FOR THEM AND IT IS A FREE COUNTRY…AN EASY TARGET ..ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON’T LIKE
    JEWS VERY MUCH AS IS THE CASE IN A GOOD PART OF FRANCE

  • This trend for insane hatred of Jews is part of the process of destroying Western Civilization. The stupi girl who did this is a mere pimple on the ugly face of Islam.

    • It is interesting that you point to hate of jews yet spew hate against moslems while your colleague above calls arabs savages … truly, the pot calling the kettle black.

  • Mika
    It’s a difficult situation . Stop them and the cry ‘ See Israel is not the democracy it claims to be . As long as they are no more than a nuisance , it ‘s best to let them carry on their foolishness .
    Israel scores on the propaganda front ( the fact they don’t use to best advantage is another story ) . There are situations where it becomes a security issue . That ‘ s when their activities need to be closed down . I’m sure the authorities are well able to make the distinction between nuisance and security

  • its called self defence you silly zionists.

  • She should mind her own business. End of. Go back to France and leave people alone.

  • She just wants her picture in the news. Why don’t you remove it from your site? C’mon Israel. Christians around the world love and support you A British Christian.

  • How much more self-inflicted frustration can the already undignified French bring to bear? Once things have resorted to unprovoked slapping and full-blown tantrums; be they the degradation of street urchins or of diplomats, then the debilitating neurosis has categorically taken control. ” It’ll get worse before it gets better “? Not any more. France can only continue to get worse and then collapse, and with it its infamous arrogance. C’est domage.

  • The country that gave her diplomatic identy apparently does not know what is doing. She should be kicked out of Israel

    • Another member of the French diplomatic service, recently described Israel as a “shitty little country”. This recent event is in keeping with the direction France is travelling. Anti-Israel. Explain, if you can why so many French Jews are leaving the country. And as for Katherine Ashton, appointed by the last labour government, she does not have a clue.

    • Go ahead and deport that naïve woman, and never let her enter Israel again. She is just like the rest of the EU politicians who hate Israel. DEPORT HER NOW!!!!

  • The EU has thrown down the gauntlet. Jews and Israel are bad, Arabs are good, and never a fact shall come between this worldview and their actions. The unfortunate fact is that the press is so antagonistic to Israel that a balanced and fair representation of events is not possible.

    Israel needs to be more careful as to whom it allows into the country on diplomatic status. Given the EU’s attitude, it is a miracle they have not yet sent a Nazi under diplomatic cover. Castaing needs to be barred from the country.

  • In France, try to punch a muslim male in the face, see what he will do to you, wether you are a diplomat or not!

  • Not much of a punch. The arab savages and their european sychopants doing their usual playacting for the press. Nothing new there.

  • I bet this woman diplomat thinks she was brave. And its because she doesn’t know how decent are the israeli soldiers. Let her do the same anywhere else in the world and see how they react.In an arab country they would rape her first before punishing her.This frenche diplomat is a bitch and an antisemitic and ugly. And certainly a big coward.

  • Why not strike her back. If you were to punch a policeman let alone a soldier anywhere in the world but Lets say Britain. That officer is allowed by law to strike the attacker as long as they pose a threat. Then am arrest can be made. What’s the worse that could happen, you get accused of punching someone in the face?

  • Diplomat? More like a diplorat. IDF should have cable tied her to a jeep to cool off

  • daniela lowinger

    In a video of what happened many cameramen are seen in the area. It seems that every time UN personnel or Palestinians are going to do something that will be provocative regarding the IDF they bring cameras that will record the ugly parts of the story but not the provocations that lead to them. It shows the malicious intentions they have to make yet another international scandal.Instead of showing impartiality, those UN employees are just putting more fuel in a difficult situation. I would like to see in the countries from were they come, how the police reacts..

  • First, of all, it can be seen that the IDF is not trained in crowd control at all and this isn`t the first time this has been noted and said.
    Second, show me another army as humane as this one. Any substantial (I`m not talking about Belgium or Luxembourg)Nato or U.N. forces except maybe the Dutch (who would have turned tail as in Srebrenica), would have waded in there and busted, if not something more permanent, a few heads.
    Third, where else in the WORLD would ANY diplomat, be allowed to overstep the mark like this? Only in Israel, where fully 10% of the parliamentarians, as nowhere else in the world, are opposed to the state that pays their munificent salaries.So why the hell shouldn`t FOREIGNERS be allowed to negate Israeli forces duty to enforce, even the High Court of Justice`s verdicts?
    This woman should be shipped back to where she came from as a “persona non grata” to the JEWISH state and maybe be posted to Kenya, where she better NOT try slapping any Al Quaeda militants, especially with that big CROSS hanging around her neck. They definitely will not tolerate what the Israeli`s have to go through from these NONENTITIES.

  • My greatest respect for the IDF gentleman for not punching her damned lights out.

  • And Ashton from the UN denounces Israel – OF COURSE. she has a talent for reversing facts – anything goes for her as long as she is trashing Israel.

  • “Israel has already made it clear that it will not accept this misconduct. Israel’s response will reflect the seriousness of these violations.”
    ==

    Two problems here:

    1/ Israel should not have accepted Marion Fesneau as a diplomat in the first place. Her history is known, she should not have been allowed into Israel in any capacity, and especially not as diplomat.

    2/ Israel’s past actions have not reflected their statement(s), and given past action, I doubt that it will. That we still encounter these professional provocateurs decades and decades after this phenomenon should have been eradicated is a testament to Israel’s inadequate response.

    • I AGREE WITH mika.

    • Withdraw her credentials, immediately and make her a persona non granta.

    • Mika,
      You hit the nail on the head. Attention seekers like this French “diplomat” will always exist and seek out a Jew to humiliate in order to feed their egos.

      The soldier was correct not to respond, but where are the Israeli foreign ministry officials?
      Apparently, they value their cocktail hours with French diplomats in Paris a little too much to let this incident get in the way.

      • It’s obvious this was yet another Paliwood theater production to frame Israelis, like we’ve seen countless times prior. We still have no corrections or apologizes from the Vatican/CIA propaganda outlets regards the Al-Durah fake. Millions of Israelis suffered greatly by that staged lie. And the Israeli gov mafia is silent.

        This incident was planned and staged, with the propaganda media on hand to frame the incident with a false and misleading narrative. The usual actors were willing to oblige, namely the Israeli gov mafia. They allow this to happen! They allow the propaganda outlets (BBC, etc.) to operate in Israel with impunity and they don’t extract any damages for the staged false stories they produce. As far as I’m concerned, the Israeli gov mafia is complicit in all this.

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