Room for Jewish student union at Sorbonne vandalized

5 days after murder of Holocaust survivor, room at prestigious Paris university defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, its furniture destroyed.

Yoni Kempinski,

anti-Semitism in Europe
anti-Semitism in Europe
Reuters

Five days after the murder of Mireille Knoll, a Jewish Holocaust survivor in Paris, the French Jewish student union reported Wednesday that a room that it used at the Sorbonne university in Paris had been completely defaced.

The room was sprayed with anti-Semitic graffiti, and most of the furniture was completely destroyed.

The Union of Jewish Students of France condemned what it called "the anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist whirlpool within the walls of the French University." The union also called upon the president of the university to take all measures necessary against the person behind the anti-Semitic act.

A member of the French parliament, Meir Habib, also responded to the incident. "The destruction of the room of the Jewish student union at the Sorbonne is shocking."


"It is not shocking because of the act itself, but because of the message it sends, especially on the day that we lay to rest Mireille Knoll, who was murdered just because she was Jewish," Habib added.

"Once again, there is no difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, which both lead to violence," he said. "It is the same hatred of Israel that existed at the Otzar Hatorah school in Toulouse and the hyper Cacher in Paris. In a place we would have expected to find dialogue and empathy, we are witness to anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel.”

"We are already speechless in light of the situation. How many times can we say ‘enough’?"




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