Teacher in Paris is fined €1,500 for say­ing the Jews ‘or­ga­nized the Holo­caust’

Court says that in 2016, woman de­nied th­ese crimes against hu­man­ity on her Face­book page

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By TA­MARA ZIEVE

A French court fined a teacher from a Parisian high school €1,500 last week for mak­ing anti-Semitic re­marks in­clud­ing that the Jews “planned and or­ga­nized the Holo­caust.”

The rul­ing was wel­comed by the World Zion­ist Or­ga­ni­za­tion on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to an AFP re­port, the English teacher from the Ly­cée Jan­son de Sailly school made the anti-Semitic com­ments in 2016 on her Face­book ac­count, which is ac­ces­si­ble to stu­dents.

The court found her guilty of deny­ing crimes against hu­man­ity and of racial defama­tion. She was also or­dered to pay 500 Eu­ros in dam­ages to sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions who brought the civil ac­tion, in­clud­ing SOS Racisme and the In­ter­na­tional League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism.

Yaakov Ha­goel, vice chair­man of the World Zion­ist Or­ga­ni­za­tion, wel­comed the court’s de­ci­sion and ex­pressed his sup­port for the judges “who saw fit to se­verely pun­ish those who deny the in­jus­tice of the Holo­caust and who try to blur his­tory.”

The teacher, who was sus­pended in Au­gust 2016 and has de­clared that she is on long-term sick leave, did not at­tend her trial in Oc­to­ber, cit­ing her psy­cho­log­i­cal state. Her lawyer had re­quested a psy­cho­log­i­cal as­sess­ment but the court re­jected this re­quest, AFP re­ported.

The de­fen­dant re­port­edly told in­ves­ti­ga­tors she has been di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der and some­times re­acts to news on so­cial me­dia while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Ac­cord­ing to the Co­or­di­na­tion Fo­rum for Coun­ter­ing Anti-Semitism, the teacher made reg­u­lar anti-Semitic posts on so­cial me­dia, in­clud­ing state­ments such as “Jews are a symp­tom,” and “Mo­hamed Merah never killed any­one.”

Merah mur­dered three French sol­diers, and later, in a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, killed three Jewish chil­dren and a teacher, at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012.

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