French Jewish Student Group Hit With Vandalism: 'Death to Israel', 'Vive La Palestine'

The graffiti in offices of Jewish group comes as thousands march against anti-Semitism as country reels from murder of Holocaust survivor

French Jewish student group hit with vandalism: 'Death to Israel', 'Vive la Palestine'
French Jewish student group hit with vandalism: 'Death to Israel', 'Vive la Palestine' Credit: Twitter

Vandals have scrawled anti-Israel graffiti and ransacked the offices of a Jewish student group at a Paris university, on the same day that marches are being held around France to protest anti-Semitism.

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Sacha Ghozlan, president of the French Jewish Students Union, told Le Monde that that the damage was inflicted Wednesday at the group's facilities at the University of Paris' Pantheon-Sorbonne campus.

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“A cabinet was thrown on the ground and there were inscriptions such as ‘Death to Israel,’ ‘Viva Arafat’ on the wall,” Gozlan told the French paper. A tweet from the scene also showed "Zionist local racist anti-goy" and "Palestine will win" were written as well.

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He said it came as far-left student protesters were blocking parts of the campus in a protest movement, but said it is unclear who was behind the incident.

University president Georges Haddad tweeted his condemnation of "this odious act" and said he would seek an investigation.

The vandalism came ahead of marches Wednesday in Paris and other cities to resist racism and to honor 85-year-old Mireille Knoll, stabbed to death in what authorities are calling an anti-Semitic attack.

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