Blockade at Sciences Po Paris and filtering of Jewish students: Senator Pierre-Antoine Levi “calls for a strong response from the authorities in light of the rise of anti-Semitism”

Blockade at Sciences Po Paris and filtering of Jewish students: Senator Pierre-Antoine Levi “calls for a strong response from the authorities in light of the rise of anti-Semitism”

The centrist senator from Tarn-et-Garonne Pierre-Antoine Levi reacts to the action carried out on Tuesday, March 12, in the famous Parisian school by pro-Palestinian students.

The action carried out by a group of pro-Palestinian activists at Sciences Po Paris on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in which a Jewish student was denied access to a lecture hall because of her religion, is causing reactions in the political class. According to Pierre-Antoine Levi, centrist senator from Tarn-et-Garonne, “This act clearly confirms the very strong increase in anti-Semitism within the prestigious institution on rue Saint-Guillaume. This threatens the values ​​of freedom of expression and peaceful coexistence that form the core of our Republic”.

In a press release sent to La Dépêche on March 13, the parliamentarian “condemns with the utmost force all acts of exclusion, discrimination and anti-Semitism.” For Pierre-Antoine Levi, “in this context, the recent announcement of the resignation of Mathias Vicherat, director of Sciences Po, linked to a separate affair, should be taken as an opportunity to put an end to these excesses after years of blindness or tacit complicity.

He believes that “higher education should be a space for the exchange of ideas, mutual respect and intellectual enrichment, and not a ground for the spread of hatred or bigotry. I call for a strong response from academic and government agencies to ensure that such an incident does not happen again (…) It is now up to all relevant stakeholders to work together to restore the integrity and reputation of Sciences Po as a institution committed to academic excellence and diversity of viewpoints.

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