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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9:00 AM, December 25, 2017
Paris, December 25, 2017
THE CONFEDERATION OF THE JEWS OF FRANCE AND THE FRIENDS OF ISRAEL
THE INSULTANT PUBLICATION TOWARDS JEWS OF FRANCE
COMMITTED BY "LES ÉDITIONS BAYARD"
The Confederation of Jews in France and Friends of Israel is deeply shocked by the terms used by "Éditions BAYARD" in its youth magazine "YOUPI".
It condemns this new insulting aggression towards the Jews of France and all the French of other confessions, friends of Israel.
Indeed, under the pen of its editor, Bernard Fichou, in the magazine for children (from 5 to 8 years) "YOUPI" claims to present a concept of state comprehensible to children from 5 to 8 years, under a descriptive approach with the following terms: "We call these 197 countries states, like France, Germany or Algeria. There are a few more, but all the other countries in the world do not agree that these are real countries (eg the State of Israel or North Korea) ".
In doing so, the author suggests that Israel would not be a real country. This, of course, has had the immediate effect of waving social networks and angering the Israeli Embassy and Jewish or Israeli associations, such as ours.
In a first reaction, Bernard Fichou apologized in the following terms "A question in Youpi made react: how many countries in the world? The response to the children was a mistake and we apologize to everyone who may have been hurt. Israel is one of the states recognized by the UN and as such by Youpi. "
This answer can not satisfy us because Israel is a State with or without recognition of the UN, even if this recognition is a plus! And above all, this answer can not explain such a skid.
Only the removal of Kiosks of the incriminated number and clear explanations on this slippage will calm our anger.
Editions Bayard belong to the Congregation of the Augustinians of the Assumption whose past is not devoid of virulent anti-Semitism, especially at the time of the Dreyfus Affair.
But anti-Zionism is the anti-Semitism of the 21st century, and the "so-called" clumsiness of this publication is a sad illustration.
We note that, in its last press release, Bayard Publishing undertakes to remove the number from newsstands; however, we demand a more satisfactory explanation of the cause and the nature of this "slippage" by both Editions Bayard and the Congregation, which owns the Editions.