French, Israeli teams meet on combating anti-Semitism


(JTA) — French and Israeli officials met to discuss how best to combat racism and anti-Semitism.

A French Foreign Ministry statement said the sides met in Paris on Tuesday, with teams led by Patrizianna Sparacino-Thiellay, the French ambassador for human rights, and Gideon Behar, the senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official charged with combating anti-Semitism.

“This dialogue brings together experts toward a joint discussion and an exchange of experiences and best practices,” the statement said.

A recent poll suggested that anti-Semitic attitudes in France have abated, although the Jewish community is wary given a spate of recent attacks, some deadly, on Jewish targets.

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