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Friday, February 13, 2004


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Anti-Semitism is so prevalent in some of the housing projects that ring Paris and other major French cities that "it's become infused into the language," according to Barbara Lefebvre, a history teacher at a French public school.

"Just about every week I see students in my class - where there are no Jews - insulting each other by saying, 'Stop it, you Jew.' Or 'No, you can't borrow my pen, it's not yours, Jew.' Or if their pen is broken they'll say: 'What's wrong with my pen? It's a Jew.'

"When you point it out, they say, 'This is just a way of speaking.'"
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Actually, I agree that this by itself is not evidence of virulent anti-Semitism: sometimes a cigar is just a smoke. But--ahem--where there's smoke....

(Via Pejman Yousefzadeh.)

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