Commitment against racism and anti-Semitism

Engagement contre le racisme et l'antisémitisme

AMU is committed to combating all forms of discrimination, including racism and anti-Semitism.
A focal point for the fight against racism and anti-Semitism is currently being appointed.
He or she may be consulted on these issues and will coordinate awareness, prevention and training activities, in particular with the Camp des Milles Foundation.
Pending the imminent appointment of the referent, please contact the Vice-President for the Fight against Discrimination directly.

1. Elements of definition

These definitions are taken from the book "Pour résister...", under the direction of Alain Chouraqui, preface Simone Veil, Ed. du Cherche Midi / Fondation du Camp des Milles, 2015.

Racism: unfounded beliefs that can lead from prejudice to tragedy

Racism is the belief in the existence of human "races" and inequality between them. These two beliefs run counter to the progress of genetics and the principle of the unity of the human race, which is laid down by the major movements of thought, religious or otherwise. Racism stems from a confusion between difference and inequality, between legitimate differences observable between human beings and an unacceptable hierarchy of values and treatment between them.

Based on the idea that some "races" are superior to others, racism leads to overgeneralization, attributing the supposed characteristics of a group to all members of that group and judging individuals on the basis of whether or not they belong to a "race". Moreover, even today, social or cultural differences are sometimes demagogically exploited in a racist sense, leading to the transformation of certain social or cultural problems into dangerous collective stigmatization.

Antisemitism: entrenched prejudice and self-serving manipulation. Jews as easy scapegoats for the woes of the world

Antisemitism can be seen as a particular form of racism against Jews. Many prejudices, often contradictory, fuel antisemitism, depending on the era: Jews are accused in turn of being revolutionary or capitalist, cowardly or warmongering, rotten or rich.

Historically, anti-Semitism has been nourished by several factors: some are linked to the fact that Jews were a minority everywhere and always, and that minorities are easy scapegoats for the majority populations.


2. What should you do if you are a victim or witness of racist or anti-Semitic acts?

Contact the 116 006 national victim support number (service and free calls 7/7)

If the facts have occurred within AMU premises and/or involve AMU staff or students, contact the Vice-Presidency for Anti-Discrimination 04 13 55 32 34.


3. Get informed, get trained and get involved in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism.

Under the leadership of AMU and the Camp des Milles Foundation, and under the direction of A. Chouraqui, the UNESCO Chair "Education for Citizenship, Human Sciences and Convergence of Memories" is unique in France. A system of citizen labelling has been set up within this framework, intended to complement the Camp des Milles' citizen education activities, with the support of the DILCRAH and the Human Rights Defender. The aim is to enable a wide range of actors to carry out a wide variety of long-term field actions in the name of their institution. With this in mind, the Camp des Milles will provide two days of training for the implementation of actions to combat extremism, racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination.

This scheme is eligible under the Bonus for student commitment to sustainable development, gender equality and against discrimination (Bonus DDEFHLD) (contact :

In this national week of education and action against racism and anti-Semitism, and in the current context of confinement, we offer you a MOOC entitled Racism and anti-Semitism.

These are interviews conducted by Michel Wieviorka with Etienne Balibar, Philippe Bataille, Gwénaële Calvès, Jean-Yves Camus , Joël Kotek, Hervé Le Bras , Nonna Mayer, Edgar Morin, Pap N'Diaye, Gérard Noirie, Odile Quintin, Jacques Sémelin, Zeev Sternhell, Lilian Thuram , Annette Wieviorka.


The Canopée network's platform Educate against racism and anti-Semitism is also very rich in short explanatory videos on concepts (colonialism, integration, genocide, anti-racism...):


You can also consult the DILCRAH website:



Stay at home, but stay mobilized!

So that the spirit can escape and bring us closer, the Camp des Milles Memorial Site offers a selection of cultural and citizen resources on a special page of its site:

Like all places open to the public, the Camp of Thousand Memorial Site had to close its doors and postpone its actions outside the walls until further notice. A selection of its resources is made available.

In this first selection, paintings, drawings, virtual tours, videos, songs, educational tools, scientific content ... are presented to young and old, children and their parents, and a space is dedicated to educators.

6 new sections are proposed:

  • Let's discover the memorial site
  • Art and Culture
  • How can we learn from the past?
  • Children's and Parents' Corner
  • Youth Corner
  • Educators' Corner

These resources will be regularly supplemented and enriched.

Documents to download
Contact information

Referent racism and anti-Semitism AMU
Appointment in progress

Vice-Presidency Gender Equality & Fight against Discrimination
Tel: +33(0)4 13 55 32 34

Isabelle Régner

Project Manager
tel : 04 13 55 32 34

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