Jerusalem, 2 January 2002

Cab. Secy. Saar to French Ambassador: Israel concerned over upsurge in anti-Semitic incidents in France
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Cabinet Secretary Gideon Saar met on Wednesday, January 2, 2002, with French Ambassador to Israel Jacques Huntzinger, who had been summoned – at the request of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – to discuss the recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in France.

Cabinet Secretary Saar expressed the government’s concern over the aforementioned incidents, including the arson at a Jewish kindergarten in Marseilles, the attempted arson at a Jewish school in Paris, the attempted arson at a synagogue, and instances in which Jews have been attacked on the streets.

The Government of Israel views the new wave of anti-Semitism with utmost severity and expects that the French government will use all available means to fight it.