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France Launches Plan to Combat Anti-Semitism

The terrorist attacks earlier this year against a Kosher market in Paris highlighted the growing anti-Semitism facing French – and European – Jews. The Times of Israel reports that France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls has launched a plan to combat the anti-Semitism and racism causing violence in his country:

France’s prime minister announced Friday the government would pour 100 million euros into a major anti-racism and anti-Semitism action plan devised in the aftermath of the deadly Paris jihadist attacks…

In schools, teacher training will be overhauled, and principals will be encouraged to report racist or anti-Semitic incidents. Organized visits to memorials and other sites will also be held throughout the school year, according to the plan.

“It is through education, teaching skills and understanding of the other that we can counter the stereotypes and negative images,” said Valls…

And the Jewish community is also increasingly worried, with anti-Semitic acts doubling last year compared with 2013, prompting a rising number of Jews to leave for Israel.

“French Jews must no longer be scared to be Jewish…”

Tags: Anti-Semitism , Europe

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