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University Students in Basel Rally Against Anti-semitism

About 200 university students in Basel demonstrated Sunday against an unprecedented campaign of anti-Semitism which erupted in that city recently, aimed chiefly against Jewish students and their non-Jewish friends in the local medical school.

In addition to anti-Semitic graffiti in public places, Jewish families and their non-Jewish friends have been the targets of harassing telephone calls and anonymous death threats. The federal government, the various political parties and the churches have denounced these manifestations. Police are investigating but have been unable to find the perpetrators so far.

Non-Jews among the demonstrators declared that they were “deeply shocked by the anti-Semitic campaign against Jewish students and expressed full solidarity with them. They demanded that no form of racial discrimination should be tolerated and called on all Swiss to beware of and combat neo-Nazism.

A leffwing group, called The Tope, held a separate demonstration protesting both the anti-Semitic acts in Basel and “Zionist genocide” in Lebanon.

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