Last January, Georges FrÃªche, the President of the Luanguedoc-Roussillon region announced the setting-up of Agrexco on the port of SÃ¨te, promising with it the creation of jobs along with incoming profits. The setting up Agrexco on the port of SÃ¨te has sparked controversy among the French population. A total of fifty organisations have joined the coalition against Agrexco in an attempt to stop its implementation in the region. Protests have taken place on June 25 to denounce the matter, and further action is being planned by the growing coalition.
The president of the France-Palestine SolidaritÃ©, Robert Kissous notes that the installation of Agrexco does not take into account the intensification of the colonisation in the West Bank but rather sets a tone of approval and encourages the current situation. Moreover, according to AFPS, the agreement made between the exporter and Port Sud of France goes against agreements made between the European Union and Israel â particularly on the issue of received goods produced on occupied territory.
In response, George FrÃªche stated that he âdoes not have a habit of mixing politics and business. The port of SÃ¨te will have commercial relations with Israel just as it does with Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and other Muslim countries.
Agrexco, which is 50% state-owned, is currently the largest Israeli exporter of agricultural goods. Their exports include agricultural products such as fruits, plants and vegetables, a majority of which are grown in the occupied Jordan Valley using stolen Palestinian water and land.
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Organizations that have endorsed the collation against Agrexco
-AFPS (Association France Palestine SolidaritÃ© : NÃ®mes 30, AlÃ¨s-CÃ©vennes 30, 34, 66)
-APJ (Les AmÃ©ricains pour la Paix et la Justice, Montpellier)
-AP-LR (Association des Palestiniens Languedoc-Roussillon)
-APTI (Association pour la Promotion des Travailleurs ImmigrÃ©s 30)
-ATTAC (SÃ¨te Bassin de Thau)
-CCIPPP et CCIPPP34 (Campagne Civile Internationale pour la Protection du Peuple Palestinien)
-CMF (Collectif des Musulmans de France â Sud)
-ComitÃ© BDS Montpellier (ComitÃ© Boycott, DÃ©sinvestissement, Sanctions)
-Collectif Palestine Narbonne
-ConfÃ©dÃ©ration Paysanne Languedoc-Roussillon
-CUALs (ComitÃ©s Unitaires pour une Alternative au LibÃ©ralisme : Mtp Centre, Mtp. CÃ©vennes Petit Bard,Â Mtp.La Paillade, MÃ¨ze)
-IJAN (RÃ©seau Juif Antisioniste International)
-Les amÃ©ricains pour la Paix et la Justice (Montpellier)
-Les Verts (Languedoc-Roussillon, SÃ¨te)
-LDH (Ligue des Droits de lâHomme, section AlÃ¨s, section Montpellier)
-MAN (Mouvement pour une Alternative Non violente)
-MIB (Mouvement Immigration Banlieues)
-NPA ( Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste 34)
-PARASOL (Palestine, RÃ©sistance, Action SolidaritÃ©)
-PCF (Parti Communiste FranÃ§ais)
-Union Syndicale SOLIDAIRES 34
-UJFP (Union Juive FranÃ§aise pour la Paix â Languedoc-Roussillon)
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