Pegasus and Anti-Semitism: A clash at the Assembly between LFI MPs and UDI MPs

Thursday’s evocation to the National Assembly by rebellious France the case of Israeli spy software Pegasus triggered a violent exchange between Meyer Habib, UDI deputy, and the LFI group. They were accused of “anti-Semitism”.

The encounter occurred just as the text was being examined. It was a text that significantly strengthened the technological tools used by French intelligence.

Ugo Bernalicis, (LFI), focused his interventions on “scandal” of NSO’s software. According to an investigation by a media consortium, NSO was implicated in possible wiretapping of French personalities by Morocco, including President Macron and rebellious deputy Adrien Quennens.

As deputy to a French constituency abroad, including Israel, Mr. Habib emphasized that the problem was not due to the software’s design but rather from its inappropriate use. This could help in the fight against terrorist attacks.

He made a particular argument that the Israelis, with their software, had helped France defeat an attack plan on Iran’s soil in Villepinte north Paris 2018.

Mr. Bernalicis then accused M. Habib of “playing smart”, adding that “I wonder how he obtains this type of information himself.”

A hubbub ensued. In a point of order, Alexis Corbière of the same group then claimed to have heard Mr. Habib “shout insults and in particular to treat one of our colleagues” anti-Semite “. He condemned remarks that were “intolerable” and false, attributed to a deputy who was “violent” in the “process of unparliamentary radicalization”. He demanded “sanctions” and the seizing of the presidency of Assembly.

Marc Le Fur (LR), chairman of the session, said he’d “heard nothing”.

LFI MP Ugo Bermalicis at the National Assembly on March 28, 2018, (AFP / Archives – JACQUES DMARTHON).

M Habib said, “When you talk about a very strong Israeli software which makes it easy to stop certain terrorist attack, there I am blamed. That is enough for their obsession with Israel and their obsessions with Jews.” UDI MP added that LFI boss Jean-Luc Mélenchon had “blamed the Jews” for the defeat of British Labor Jeremy Corbyn in 2019.

“The hatred of Israel, the anti-Semitic slippages, it is the DNA of Mélenchon”, he had previously affirmed in a tweet.


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