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French Jewish students denounce attacks

Published on 21/01/2004

PARIS, Jan 20 (AFP) - The Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF) on Tuesday condemned recent acts of anti-Semitism and called for "the defence of democracy".

The UEJF said in a statement that it condemned “three new attacks of an anti-Semitic nature carried in recent days” in France.

 It highlighted an attack on a teenage boy at an ice rink in a Paris suburb and a fire at a Jewish school and hurling of stones at a synagogue in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

It also condemned the planting of an explosive device that wrecked the car of France’s only Muslim prefect, or departmental governor, in the western city of Nantes.

“It is intolerable that the physical or moral integrity of French citizens is attacked because of religous convictions,” the UEJF said.

Meanwhile, the head of France’s audio-visual regulating authority denounced Tuesday “completely intolerable” pictures and comments broadcast in France by foreign satellite channels.

It followed a complaint about a TV series deemed anti-Semitic, broadcast on Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah’s Al Manar channel.


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