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June 27, 2012 2:25 pm

Anti-Semitic Incidents Up Over 50% in France in 2012

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A swastika mosaic on the floor of the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris. Photo: Gideon (malais) from Paris, France.

In the wake of the murder of Yonatan Sandler and three children at the Jewish Otzar Hatorah School in Toulouse three months ago, new statistics reveal that the number of anti-Semitic acts in France rose by 53 percent this year.

According to statistics collected by the Jewish community in France, 274 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded between January and May of this year, as opposed to 179 last year. The Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee held a special session on the issue Wednesday, hosting French Ambassador Christophe Bigot.

“There is grave concern,” Meir Haviv, the vice president of CRIF (the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions), told Army Radio. “I have three children in Jewish schools, and though security is in place, you can’t assign a police officer to every child.”

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