French diplomat who struck soldier to be expelled from Israel

Marion Fesneau-Castaing, a cultural attaché at the French Consulate in Jerusalem, to leave Israel before the end of the year • Israeli official: This was an isolated incident that does not characterize Israel-France relations.

French Diplomat hit Israeli soldier in the face

French Diplomat hit Israeli soldier in the face

The French diplomat who was involved in a physical clash with Border Police personnel in the Jordan Valley last Friday will be expelled from Israel.

Marion Fesneau-Castaing, a cultural attaché at the French Consulate in Jerusalem, will leave Israel before the end of the year.

A video of the incident near Khirbet al-Makhul last Friday shows Fesneau-Caistaing striking a Border Police officer in the face.

Israel filed a complaint with France about the incident. The two countries decided to handle the matter while “maintaining Israel-France relations,” as an Israeli official put it.

“This was an isolated incident that does not characterize relations between the two countries,” the official said.

The incident occurred as Israeli security forces seized tents and emergency aid that a European delegation was trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes had been recently demolished in Khirbet al-Makhul. The homes were demolished after Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that they had been built illegally without proper building permits.

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