Antisemitic graffiti were discovered on the façade of Sciences Po at 27 rue Saint-Guillaume in Paris.
“It is once again the French university that is under attack,” Noemie Madar, president of the Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF), said.
“The police came by this morning to take note of the tags that have been somewhat erased. We can distinguish a crossed out Magen David and the inscriptions ”kouffar” (“miscreants” ed.), ”school of kouffar”, ”death to Israel”,” reports Noemie Madar who is in front of the building.
“We expect a quick reaction from Sciences Po administration to these violent and antisemitic attacks. The perpetrators must be found so that impunity does not allow such acts to flourish. We are filing a complaint for insult and provocation to racial hatred,” she said.
A few hours later, the institution published a press release saying: “This morning, hateful inscriptions, some of them antisemitic, were discovered on the walls of 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, which is the main entrance to the Sciences Po campus in Paris. We strongly condemns this heinous and cowardly act. A complaint is being filed. A cleanup operation is underway,” said Bénédicte Durand, provisional administrator of Sciences Po. She added: “In the face of these attacks, Sciences Po will continue its fight against all forms of discrimination and attacks on the dignity of individuals. Sciences Po also reiterates its values of openness, debate and plurality of viewpoints, which will always be at the heart of its education project, its research and its student life.”
Higher Education Minister Frédérique Vidal wrote in a tweet, “I condemn in the strongest terms the antisemitic graffiti on the walls of Sciences Po Paris this morning. Hate has no place in our Republic. Everything will be done to identify and prosecute those responsible.”