Vandals Film Themselves Breaking Into, Urinating on Jewish Student Office in Paris
The local office of the Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF) at the Paris Dauphine University was broken into and vandalized on Saturday by two people who urinated on the property.
The perpetrators — who have been identified and are not students at the university — recorded themselves soiling furniture and other items in a video that was shared on Snapchat, UEJ Dauphine said. At one point, they zoomed in on a sign identifying the room as belonging to the Jewish union, indicating “that they acted knowingly,” the group added. No other offices are believed to have been targeted.
“This gesture is reminiscent of many antisemitic acts that took place in other universities and colleges over the past year,” UEJ Dauphine observed.
Jewish student representatives met on Tuesday with university officials, and thanked them for committing to report the details of the incident to the public prosecutor’s office.
In its own statement, UEJF called for strong action against the perpetrators, and pointed to previous attacks on local chapters, including a March 2018 incident when the UEJF office at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne was broken into, ransacked, and vandalized with inscriptions including, “Long live Palestine,” “Death to Israel,” “long life Arafat,” and “antizionist.” Antisemitic inscriptions were also found at five other universities since the beginning of the academic year, UEJF said.
“This act of vandalism is part of a context of resurgence of antisemitic acts at the University, while 89 percent of Jewish students in France have already faced antisemitism in their student life,” said UEJF president Sacha Ghozlan, referring to a poll carried out in March by the French Institute of Public Opinion.
“Antisemitism is becoming commonplace in the field of higher education,” he added, calling for “a total mobilization of the university community so that this type of action ceases.”
Following the release of last month’s survey, Ghozlan told The Algemeiner that while the perpetrators of antisemitic acts on campus often represent a minority of the population, they can nonetheless be “very active, very violent, against Jewish people.”
“[It’s] coming from the far-left, from the far-right, from radicalized Muslims — they are the ones who target French Jewish students in universities,” he said.