Many praises were sent to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, for revoking Mahmoud Abbas’s honorary title, the Grand Vermeil medal, as a result of his recent anti-semitic and false claims about the history of the Jews and Israel.
But why should we pretend that Hidalgo did something admirable? Isn’t she the one who gave Abbas his title in the first place? And are Abbas’s statements all that surprising? Didn’t she know who he was before handing over this honor?
On Sept. 22, 2015, a little over a year into her first mandate as the Mayor of the city of lights, Hidalgo posted a picture of herself next to Abbas on Facebook with the caption: “Happy to have received Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine, yesterday on the occasion of his visit to Paris. […] I repeat it forcefully: Paris supports the creation of a Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel.” On this occasion, Hidalgo handed Abbas his title.