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Samuels noted that, "frustrated by their failed attemps to use Parisuniversities as their propaganda podium, Palestinian organizations andtheir French fans will now target infants and teenagers in theirpolitical campaigns for boycott, Gaza, support for Hamas"

The letter stressed that "it was the diet of Jihadist websites andIslamist satellite television that has transplanted the Middle Eastpowderkeg to the streets of Paris, Marseilles and other cities acrossFrance", continuing, "now children in public schools will be vulnerableto the antisemitic poison that turned on the kidnappers of Ilan Halimiand motivated the murder of Jewish children in Toulouse by Mohamed Merah.

Samuels pointed out that "while France combats Islamic terrorism inMali, Algerian Salafist leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, has publiclythreatened to hold the Jews of France as responsible scapegoats and‘targets of new Mohamed Merahs’".

The Centre urged the Minister "to ban this gathering as a menace topublic order and, by demonizing the Jewish State, encourages anatmosphere for further antisemitic assaults in France".

The Centre emphasized that "this ban should stay in force and apply toall further abuse of State Schools as platforms for political agitation".

"A school is a place to inculcate fraternity and tolerance, not hate andviolence", concluded Samuels.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization with a worldwide membership of 440,000. Established in 1977, with headquarters in Los Angeles, it draws the lessons of the Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary issues of prejudice and discrimination. The Centre is an NGO in consultative status to the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.

For further information, please contact Dr Shimon Samuels at +33.609.7701.58