9 in 10 French Jewish students suffer campus antisemitism, poll finds

Nearly 20 percent of the 405 respondents in the Ifop survey said they have suffered an antisemitic physical assault at least once on campus.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
March 21, 2019 01:36
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People attend a national gathering to protest antisemitism and the rise of antisemitic attacks

People attend a national gathering to protest antisemitism and the rise of antisemitic attacks in the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, February 19, 2019. The writing on the sign reads: "Antisemitism, islamophobia, racism - not in our name". (photo credit: REUTERS/GONZALO FUENTES)

 
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Nearly 90% of French Jewish students said they have experienced antisemitic abuse on campus, a poll found.

Nearly 20% of the 405 respondents in the Ifop survey said they have suffered an antisemitic physical assault at least once 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. Nearly 20% said they did not report the incident or incidents for fear of reprisals, according to the report.



The results of the survey taken this month were published Tuesday by l’Express.



In October, the French media reported that students at Paris 13 University listed and ranked Jewish classmates according to their level of affiliation as part of a string of jokes online and on campus featuring antisemitic hate speech. Their initial target was a 19-year-old Jewish medical student.



The Ifopsurvey, which was commissioned by the Union of Jewish Students in France, or UEJF, came on the heels of an earlier Ifop poll conducted last month about antisemitism. That survey of 1,008 French adults showed a decrease in the prevalence of antisemitic sentiment compared to a similar poll with other respondents in 2016.



In the February poll, 27% of respondents said Jews were richer than the average French person compared to 31% in 2016. Whereas 32% said in 2016 that Jews abuse the Holocaust to promote their interests, only 20% said so last month.

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