Israeli embassy in France asks for Motaz Azaiza’s Freedom Prize to be revoked

Israeli embassy in France asks for Motaz Azaiza’s Freedom Prize to be revoked

The embassy decried the award Azaiza received for his journalistic endeavours and dubbed him a 'terrorist'.
Updated 06 Jun, 2024

The Israeli embassy in France labelled Palestinian photojournalist Motaz Azaiza a “terrorist” and requested that the Freedom Prize awarded to him by Region Normandy be revoked.

Azaiza was nominated by 14,265 young voters from 116 countries, shortlisted by a jury and was presented the award in a ceremony in Caen.

The Israeli embassy in France took great offence to the journalist receiving the prize, claiming that Azaiza was “an individual who […] advocates terrorism and actively contributes to the spread of anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic content on its social networks”.

Ironically, the embassy stated that “for the past eight months, hundreds of people have been deprived of their freedom by Hamas in Gaza, which is responsible for a war that Israel did not ask for”.

In case you need a reminder, which the Israeli embassy in France clearly does, according to Reuters, the Gaza health ministry has said that more than 36,654 Palestinians have been killed and 83,309 have been wounded in Israel’s military offensive in Gaza since October 7.

In the past 24 hours alone, some 68 Palestinians were killed and 235 wounded, the ministry added.

The Israeli embassy also stated that, “Honouring a supporter of extremism is not only a gross error, but also a dangerous legitimisation of hate speech and violence” and called on the award givers to “reconsider their position and withdraw this moral and financial award from this Hamas sympathiser”.

What the embassy forgets — much like the country it represents — is that under international law, specifically Article 19 (2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, everyone has the right to freedom of expression.

“This right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.”

Israel is a party to this covenant. Maybe it’s forgotten? But then again, it never remembered much about international law and human rights.

While receiving the award, Azaiza detailed that less than a year ago he simply wanted to create art and photograph things on the Gaza Strip, but things changed when the Israeli aggression proliferated after October 7, 2023. “As a Palestinian we never had the choice, we could never choose for ourselves.”

After several months of covering Israeli atrocities in Gaza, Azaiza evacuated Palestine in January, and has continued to use his platform to fight for the rights of Palestinians.


Dragden Jun 06, 2024 06:38pm
Crying like victims once again. Typical zionists
Hamed Jun 06, 2024 06:57pm
Criminals know who may be terrorist!
Jigen M19 Jun 06, 2024 06:58pm
It’s the silence and complicity of the Arabs that’s causing this to go on.
Askari Shaikh Jun 06, 2024 07:44pm
Motaz is a professional journalist working in very difficult circumstances. Terrorists are illegal occupying powers,killing innocent civilians and destroying cities not the freedom fighters.
Asad Jun 06, 2024 07:48pm
Israel has signed its own death warrant by its brutality on palistinians.
Rehana Bounse Jun 06, 2024 08:07pm
A well deserved Freedom Prize. Congratulations & duas for your bravery under such horrific circumstances. Keep it up !
Parbat Jun 06, 2024 08:17pm
Massacre of the Gazans, and genocide of Palestinians, they have been living in Nazi style concentration camps, with no hope, no future and no humanity and self-respect
kamal chowkidar Jun 06, 2024 08:26pm
Macron is looking for Muslim votes. This is one way to get.
Jackson Jun 06, 2024 10:39pm
We can learn from the freedom of speech allowed in France. They deserve recognition for their openness, and not just criticism when people in France say something we don’t like. Viva France!
Masud Khan Jun 07, 2024 03:21am
An illegal apartheid ZioNazi terrorist entity manufactured in Palestine has the audacity to call someone fighting for humanity a terrorist!
Rizwan Jun 07, 2024 01:17pm
Dawn Images, by printing this article, you are also Khaamaaas :D