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Of Scarves and Jews

From a very depressing story in the IHT: :

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.

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“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.’

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“When you point it out, they say, ‘This is just a way of speaking.’”

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