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France's Foundation for the memory of the Shoah promotes dialogue in combatting anti-Semitism

By Alison Hird

Five teenagers who were detained after overturning more than 200 gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France last weekend had a clear “anti-Semitic motive,” according to a local prosecutor.

They admitted that they had taken part in the vandalism and had made Nazi salutes, spat on Jewish symbols and used terms like “dirty Jews”.

Faced with such anti-Semitic attacks in France, particularly by young people, the Paris-basd Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah is encouraging new initiatives to combat the new face of anti-Semitism through inter-cultural dialogue.
 

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