French students share video of themselves urinating at Jewish group offices
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French students share video of themselves urinating at Jewish group offices

The Union of Jewish Students of France called it an antisemitic hate crime

A view of the Union of French Jewish students offices that were vandalized at Paris Dauphine University (Courtesy of UEJF)
A view of the Union of French Jewish students offices that were vandalized at Paris Dauphine University (Courtesy of UEJF)

The offices of a Jewish student association in Paris were vandalised by two men who filmed themselves urinating on the group’s literature and streamed it live on Snapchat.

The Union of Jewish Students of France, or UEJF, in a statement about Sunday’s incident at Dauphine University called it an antisemitic hate crime.

UEJF filed a police complaint against the men, whose identity is known to the Jewish student union. They are students, but not at Dauphine, the statement said.

“We are shocked about the incident,” the statement read, “but will continue our efforts toward making French universities a place where Jewish students can peacefully attend.”

In the UK, the Union of Jewish Students tweeted: “Our full support and solidarity stands with the UEJF and French Jewish students in light of the recent vandalism of their offices at Dauphine.

“Together, across Europe, it is the duty of both Jewish and non Jewish students to fight rising tides of extremism and antisemitism.

In a poll commissioned by UEJF and published last month, nearly 90 percent of 405 French Jewish students surveyed said they have experienced antisemitic abuse on campus.

Nearly 20 percent of the respondents in the survey by the commercial polling company Ifop said they have suffered an antisemitic physical assault at least once while on campus.

Of those, more than half reported suffering violence more than once.

More than half of the students who reported experiencing antisemitic incidents on campus said they did nothing about it.

Only 8 percent complained to faculty, and nearly 20 percent said they did not report the incident or incidents for fear of reprisals, according to the report.

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