France slams 'cowardly' murder of Israeli-Palestinian actor

5th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

France on Tuesday condemned the "cowardly" murder in the occupied West Bank of Israeli-Palestinian theatre director and peace activist Juliano Mer-Khamis.

"The perpetrators of this crime must be identified, arrested and brought before the courts," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters, saying that the killing was an "odious and cowardly act."

"More than ever the message of Juliano Mer-Khamis and of all those who campaign for the reconciliation of these two peoples (Jews and Palestinians) needs to be heard," he said.

Mer-Khamis, a well-known actor and theatre director born of Jewish and Arab parents, died on Monday when a gunman opened fire on his car as he was driving home with his infant son and the babysitter.

The attack took place close to the theatre project the 52-year-old ran in the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin.

© 2011 AFP

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