Five days after the murder of Jewish Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll, anti-Semitism struck again in France. On Wednesday, vandalism was reported at the Jewish student union room at the prestigious Sorbonne University.
“Long live Palestine” slogan at the Jewish Student Union headquarters at Sorbonne University Photo Credit: Xavier Bertrand/Twitter
A Jewish student union at Sorbonne University reported Wednesday that its headquarters were ransacked. Perpetrators spray-painted anti-Semitic slogans and wrecked the furniture in the room.
Slogans such as “Death to Israel,” “Palestine will prevail” and “Zionist establishment is anti-goy” could be seen on the walls.
The Jewish Student Union of France denounced the incident, “The Jewish Student Union condemns this anti-Semitic incident at the French University, five days after the murder of Knoll.” The Jewish Student Union of France also called on the head of the university to take all necessary action against those responsible.
Le jour de la marche blanche en mémoire de #MireilleKnoll, le saccage antisémite des locaux de l’@uejf à l’Université La Sorbonne appelle une sanction exemplaire. Le combat doit être livré partout, tout le temps. pic.twitter.com/VNscpQKLGQ
— Xavier Bertrand (@xavierbertrand) March 28, 2018
Head of the French Jewish Student Union Sacha Ghozlan promised to take action. “I promise to file a complaint to shed light on this intolerable and indecent act,” he said.
French politician Meyer Habib said that “the vandalization of the headquarters of the Jewish Student Union at the Sorbonne University is a despicable act,” adding that “it is not disgusting because of the act itself, but because of the message it sends on this day, when we are accompanying Mireille Knoll to her place of rest, after she was murdered for being Jewish.”
French Minister of Education, Research, and Innovation Frédérique Vidal released an official statement addressing the event, “We need to put all our focus in this degrading incident where anti-Semitic slogans were discovered at the Sorbonne University. Today, more than ever, we need to instill the fundamental values of respect, solidarity, and fraternity in our society.”
Toute la lumière doit être faite sur les dégradations et les tags à caractère antisémite découverts aujourd’hui à la @SorbonneParis1. Il est plus que jamais nécessaire de replacer au cœur de notre société les valeurs fondamentales de respect, de solidarité et de fraternité. @uejf pic.twitter.com/dw94m980Ji
— Frédérique Vidal (@VidalFrederique) March 28, 2018