web analytics
October 24, 2014 / 30 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



French Teacher Terminated for Complaining about Anti-Semitism

By: JTA

A school in France terminated the employment of a teacher shortly after she complained about anti-Semitic behavior by her students.

Lyonmag.com, a news site, reported that the teacher’s contract at the Condorcet secondary school in Saint-Priest, a southern suburb of Lyon, was terminated on Nov. 28, following the publication of an open letter about her, by Lyon’s chief rabbi, Richard Wertenschlag.

Wertenschlag published the “worried” letter about the teacher, who is in the process of converting to Judaism, in the Bulletin de Tilsitt, a local publication. The rabbi wrote that she had told him her students repeatedly insulted her in connection with her conversion.

The teacher, who attends Lyon’s Quai Tilsitt Grand Synagogue, reportedly told the rabbi that students started harassing her during the High Holidays. She said one student told her, “We don’t want a Jewish teacher.” Later, students repeatedly disrupted her class and confronted her on “Jewish imperialism” and “Israeli land theft,” the news site reported.

The report in Lyonmag did not say whether the termination of the teacher’s contract was connected to the anti-Semitic incidents. The news site quoted an unnamed source at the ministry as saying that the teacher has been interviewed for an unspecified “academic position” that she may soon accept.

A spokesperson for the French Education Ministry told the news site that the students who insulted the teacher because of her faith had been “disciplined” and that guidelines will be discussed “for those teachers who cannot teach because of their religious faith.”

Wertenschlag said the ministry’s behavior reflected “an attempt to ignore reality based on pedagogical reasons,” according to Lyonmag.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

8 Responses to “French Teacher Terminated for Complaining about Anti-Semitism”

  1. Mike Burkitt says:

    Sounds about right for cowardly France.

  2. Gil Gilman says:

    This is an example that those with the most strident bombast are not just ideologues, but are those with unformed ideas and ill-informed indoctrination, in other words, youth. The indoctrination is revelatory of A. predominate culture within the peer group, B. parental values, C. reflection of unspoken attitudes of predominant culture in society, D. media laden with a lack of development past this adolescent stage. E. All of the above. You choose. Back in the day, these disorderly nomads, would have been suspended or expelled, rather than been given a "tut tut."

  3. Actually, this is to be expected. A convert must be prepared to give up his/her former life (such as relatives celebrating Christian holidays) to embrace Judaism. In the case described in the article, the teacher is being hit with this reality up close. G-d bless her.

  4. Gil Gilman says:

    She is not required to be fired from her job as far as I am aware. The taunts of the students are to be expected, of course, but is not a source of validation for the perpetrators.

  5. Imagine something like this happening in France….so very hard to believe.

  6. Anya Khan says:

    BS you are NOT required to give up relatives who are Christian at all. Where do you attend service? With jihadist. Shame on YOU

  7. Gil Gilman says:

    lol…

  8. I didn't say "required". I said "prepared".

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Do you know where your vegetables grow?
Not So Kosher Shemittah L’Mehadrin
Latest News Stories
Do you know where your vegetables grow?

At best, the Hareidim have been eating “Heter Mechira”. At worse, they’ve been eating vegetables grown in sewer water or pesticides from unknown and unsupervised Arabs fields.

Death to Terrorists

Israelis protest at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill train platform where an Arab terrorist ran over a group of commuters, killing a 3 month old baby. They are carrying signs, “Death to Terrorists”.

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has prohibited its personnel from riding the Jerusalem light rail train from French Hill to Pisgat Ze’ev, in northern Jerusalem, for 30 days because of the terrorist attack this week that killed a three-year-old American-Israeli. It was a typical U.S. Embassy reaction – every time there is a serious […]

Bus on mountain road in Nepal near the area of a fatal crash Friday morning.

More hopes, prayers and tears one week after a deadly blizzard and avalanche.

They had to use a magnifying glass to read the letters.

Officials preach calm but are frantically trying tracing every step the doctor took in the city.

“God is trying to wake us up,” said the grandfather.

Former Presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney and former Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman will address the inaugural Israeli American Council (IAC) National Conference in Washington next month. The IAC’s stated mission is “to build an active and giving Israeli-American community throughout the United States in order to strengthen the State of Israel.” The number […]

Dozens of Arab rioters attacked Jewish owned buildings in Jerusalem’s Old City.

J Street U blames Jews buying homes in Jerusalem for triggering Hamas terrorist’s murderous rampage.

Boko Haram kidnapped an additional 20 Nigerian girls.

A healthcare worker has returned to the US from West Africa suffering with symptoms resulting in testing for the Ebola virus at NYC’s Bellevue Hospital.

Despite PM Netanyahu’s vow to “assert sovereignty” over all parts of Jerusalem, Arabs continue to carry out potentially lethal rock attacks.

Israel’s prime minister and the mayor of Jerusalem met today with security brass over the terror attack that wounded 8 and killed a 3-month-old baby.

For the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Boeing Aerospace and Defense has made a sale to Iran.

Syria’s once-lucrative oil wells dissolve under U.S.-led coalition air strikes targeting the ISIS terror organization.

More Articles from JTA
The car that crashed into a Jerusalem train station, killing an infant and injuring eight, in what is being probed as a terrorist attack.

“God is trying to wake us up,” said the grandfather.

The mortar, which hit Israel on Tuesday morning, did not cause any injuries or damage.

Leslie W., 48, and his partner Akiwa H., 56, are charged with having sold more than 88,000 pounds of non-kosher meat for a marked-up price.

New York State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz criticized the decision to not charge the suspect with a hate crime.

Former White House official Ron Klain has been tapped to coordinate the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak.

Even more shocking is that Jews insist on remaining in France.

Two Penn State students who pleaded guilty to spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti on a mostly Jewish fraternity house were sentenced to community service and probation. Eric Hyland, 20, was sentenced last week in Centre County Court to 200 hours of community service and two years’ probation, and was ordered to pay $6,000 restitution. Last month, Hayden […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/french-teacher-terminated-for-complaining-about-anti-semitism/2012/12/12/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: