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Growing Tensions Between Muslims and Jews in French Schools
by Cheradenine Zakalwe
Can we speak of a noxious climate between the Jewish and Muslim communities?
Sophie Ferhadjian: As a teacher and a member of the High Council on Integration, what I've seen and heard from my colleagues makes it clear that significant tensions exist between these communities. In the last ten years, since the publication of Les territoires perdus de la République*, it seems clear to me that these tensions have markedly increased. There is an antisemitic discourse as well as racist remarks that are more and more liberated, the "jeunes" have less and less of a sense that it is something serious. In addition, a communitarian tightening can be seen, a way of recentring on their own rather than opening up. Within each community, a folding in on the religious element can be felt and thus a reaffirmation in the public sphere of the entire religious dimension...
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