Europe´s Jews Congratulate Hollande, Remind Him of Anti-Semitism (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/07/12)
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The Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) congratulated Francois Hollande
on his winning the presidential election in France, while alerting
him of the resurgence of anti-Semitism and intolerance of religious
freedom in the country. The RCE is an organization, dedicated to
serving the needs of European Jewry, which represents over seven
hundred rabbis and Jewish communities throughout the European
In a statement released on Sunday, RCE wrote, “We congratulate
Francois Hollande upon his election as President of the French
Republic, and wish him every success for the next five years.
“We alert the president-elect on the resurgence of anti-Semitism and
insecurity in Europe and France in particular and the need to
vigorously fight it regardless of its origin,” the organization said.
“We express our deep concern about the growing intolerance of
religious freedom in everyday life, respectful of republican values.”
Most recently, a dialogue conducted by Israeli students in the
University of Toulouse was disrupted by protests’ hateful threats and
The delegation of Israeli students from a non-political organization
were midway through a tour of French universities and had held
successful events in Lille and Lyon before visiting Le Mirail campus.
They were at a stall on the campus and were handing out leaflets and
speaking to students when a group of protesters arrived and began
shouting at them through a megaphone.
The president of the French Jewish student organization has called on
the University of Toulouse to combat anti-Semitism following the
The incident, which occurred on April 25, came approximately one
month following the murder of three Jewish children and a rabbi by an
Islamic terrorist at the Otzar Hatorah school in Toulouse.
In a separate incident eight days later, a student from the Otzar
Hatorah campus in Paris was lightly injured in an attack by anti-
Semites. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/07/12)
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