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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.

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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".

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