Sciences-Po U.S. Foundation Creates New David Gritz Scholarship
On Monday March 19, 2012, the Sciences-Po U.S. Foundation introduced the David Gritz Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the 24-year-old French-American student, who was killed on July 31, 2002 on the Hebrew University campus in Jerusalem. The scholarship will assist top Israeli students to spend a term at Sciences-Po in France.
Philippe Lalliot, Consul General of France in New York, recalled the words pronounced by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy: “Today is a day of national tragedy, because children were assassinated, in cold-blood, because a killer entered a school, a Jewish school. This tragedy has deeply touched and devastated the entire national community.”
The Consul General of Israel, Ido Aharon, as well as David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, also spoke.
“These killings are repulsive and revolting. The scholarship is the exact opposite: friendship as opposed to hatred, intelligence to stupidity, dialog vs. brutality, knowledge against ignorance”, concluded Philippe Lalliot.
A minute of silence was held in memory of the victims.