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  • Dieudonne and Ahmadinejad trade mutual admiration

    23 hours ago

     Iranian ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Dieudonne M’bala M’bala a “great artist” during a meeting in Tehran with the French comic who is a repeat inciter of hate against Jews.

    Dieudonne visited the Islamic Republic last week, the news site fararu.com reported, and ...

  • How much does it cost to watch a suspected militant? Lots.

    4 days ago

    In 2011, U.S. intelligence informed French authorities that a French citizen had slipped into Yemen, probably for terrorist training. In November, the French security services placed the man, Said Kouachi, under surveillance. They wiretapped his mobile phone, as well as that of his...

  • Prosecutor asks for Strauss-Kahn acquittal in French sex trial

    2 weeks ago

    A French prosecutor asked a criminal court on Tuesday to acquit former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a pimping charge for his role in what investigating magistrates argued was an organized sex ring using prostitutes.

    Strauss-Kahn was tipped to become French president before...

  • With Europe anti-Semitism on the rise- is encouraging immigration to Israel really the answer?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Since Operation Protective Edge in Gaza came to a conclusion, it seems as if all Europe-related news is of anti-Semitic attacks and incidents. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) the high number of anti-Semitic incidents in the past few months continues the dramatic surge...

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  • Danish police kill 22-year-old after Copenhagen shootings

    2 weeks ago

    Police shot dead a 22-year-old Danish-born gunman on Sunday after he killed two people at a Copenhagen synagogue and an event promoting free speech in actions possibly inspired by an attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, authorities said.

    Spy chief Jens Madsen said...

  • Denmark sees possible ‘Charlie Hebdo’ motive behind Copenhagen attacks

    2 weeks ago

    Police shot dead a gunman on Sunday whose attacks on a Copenhagen synagogue and an event promoting free speech may have been inspired by an attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo last month, authorities said.

    Denmark's spy chief Jens Madsen said the gunman was known to...

  • Soldiers protecting French Jewish center stabbed

    February 3, 2015 | 8:49 am

    Three French soldiers protecting a Jewish community center in the southern French city of Nice were attacked by a knife-wielding man.

    One soldier was stabbed in his arm and another was cut on his face in the Tuesday afternoon attack, the French news agency AFP reported. The...

  • Sex offence trial of ex-IMF head Strauss-Kahn opens

    February 2, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief tipped to become French president before a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in 2011, went on trial in France on Monday in a separate case of alleged procuring of prostitutes.

    Strauss-Kahn, 65,...

  • Dieudonne trial over ‘gas chambers’ remark starting

    January 28, 2015 | 10:57 am

    The French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala is standing trial for saying that a Jewish journalist should have died “in the gas chambers.”

    The trial in criminal court begins Wednesday for Dieudonne, who has been convicted seven times for inciting racial hatred against Jews.

    He...

  • ‘All Jews must leave France’ —Really?

    January 26, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    Did the English leave England during WWII or did they head Winston Churchill’s words “NEVER NEVER NEVER Give in?”

    Did French Jews emerge from the ashes of the Holocaust to rebuild in France now to be finally purged from France by Islamists? 

    90,000 French Jews murdered in the...

  • What we talk about when we talk about anti-Semitism

    January 21, 2015 | 3:46 pm

    In summer 2014, Muslims attacked Jewish sites in Paris in connection to Israel’s bombing of Gaza. This month, the French Jews killed in Hyper Cacher were buried in Israel.

    What links these two events? Fear-based politics desperate to have us believe it’s still 1938 — a...

  • Alberto Nisman: The 86th victim of the Buenos Aires bombing

    By Rob Eshman

    January 21, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    UPDATED: The murder this week of Alberto Nisman — and now even the Argentine president has acknowledged his death was no suicide — was every bit as shocking and anti-Semitic a crime as the attacks two weeks ago in Paris.

    Nisman was the federal prosecutor appointed by former...

  • Would I leave France?

    By David Suissa

    January 21, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    When we discussed the cover headline for the Journal’s story this week on the troubled Jews of France, we debated two options: “Should Jews leave?” or “Would you leave?” The first option was about “them,” while the second was more about us.

    In the end, we went for clarity and...

  • Would you stay in France?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 21, 2015 | 11:43 am

    In the wake of the horrific terrorist killings in France, my heart took many turns. First there was shock, soon replaced by grief, then anger, followed by resolve. Now it may be time for reflection.

    The response from the French and then the Israelis to the two attacks raised some...

  • What’s next for the Jews of France?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 21, 2015 | 11:11 am

    Maurice Benhamou, a Jewish citizen of France who lives in the coastal city of Marseilles, just a three-hour train ride from Paris, is not afraid.

    But the Algerian-descended Benhamou, 69, is among a minority of Jews living in France who, despite the recent terror attack at a...

  • Stay or go? French Jews face a growing – and emotional – dilemma

    January 21, 2015 | 10:18 am

    Israel? The United States? Canada? South Korea, India, Singapore or Japan? French Jews have intensified their search for a new home, and they’ve diversified their potential destinations. For the past 15 years, anti-Semitism has become more and more common, more and more violent,...

  • Four killed in Niger anti-French riots, protests held in Pakistan, Algeria

    January 16, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    Four people were killed in protests turned violent in Niger on Friday, after French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published more cartoon images of the Prophet Muhammad a week after Islamist gunmen shot dead 12 people at its offices in Paris.

    Protests also erupted in Pakistan...

  • From orphans to terrorists: The childhood that became a breeding ground for vengeance

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 16, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    Before he killed two New York City police officers, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley was on a desperate search to find himself.

    He “tried on identities as if they were new clothes,” The New York Times reported. He was mostly a street hustler who dabbled in petty crime and spent...

  • With flowers and fluent French, Kerry pays respects to France

    January 16, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    Bearing flowers and his fluent French, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered his condolences and "a hug" to France on Friday for the deaths from last week's Islamist attacks.

    Kerry's visit came after the United States failed to send a top official to attend Sunday's march in...

  • Solidarity: Je Suis Charlie, Je Suis Juif

    January 15, 2015 | 5:18 pm

    A dozen victims at a French newspaper, plus four hostages killed in a kosher grocery store: In France, it feels like the world is coming to an end. This was not just an attack on a small magazine and on Jewish people shopping before Shabbat, but an attack on a way of life that a...

  • Nous Sommes Charlie

    By Rob Eshman

    January 15, 2015 | 11:42 am

    In 2008, I had a chance to make a statement in defense of satire, and I passed.

    This was when some Muslim leaders issued a fatwa against Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten for 12 cartoons it published in 2005 depicting the prophet Muhammad. To say many Muslims found those cartoons...

  • The Paris rally:  Three questions

    By Dennis Prager

    January 14, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    It was a very good thing that millions of French citizens and leaders from around the world gathered in Paris on Jan. 11 to declare “war” on what French President Francois Hollande called “radical Islam.”

    I’d like to pose a few questions, nevertheless.

    Why didn’t the American...

  • Israelis bury French terror victims in the Holy Land

    By Simone Wilson

    January 13, 2015 | 4:08 pm

    Less than a week after the murder of four French Jews in a kosher grocery store by an Islamic terrorist in Paris, the bodies of Yoav Hattab, 21; Yohan Cohen, 22; Philippe Braham, 45; and Francois-Michel Saada, 63; were flown to Israel for burial. 

    Their grieving family members...

  • French Jewry 101: From Rashi to Dreyfus to Hyper Cacher

    January 13, 2015 | 1:10 pm

    Last week’s deadly hostage siege at a kosher supermarket in Paris has French Jews (and some non-Jews) proclaiming “Je suis juif,” or “I am Jewish,” in solidarity with the four people killed in the attack.

    Who are the Jews of France? Here’s a primer.

    How many Jews are there in...

  • France’s wake-up call

    January 12, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    The kosher supermarket was chosen deliberately. Men, women and children were shopping and preparing for Shabbat. Only two days before the attack, terrorists had left 10 of the best-known satirical journalists and cartoonists dead at Charlie Hebdo. Three French police officers were...

  • No Americans in Paris: U.S. absence draws criticism at home

    January 12, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    A Republican U.S. senator lambasted the White House on Monday for not sending a top American official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in that city, and a New York tabloid headline screamed "You let the world down."

    The image of Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Solidarity rally gathered Sunday at Los Angeles City Hall

    January 12, 2015 | 11:54 am

    Carrying “Je Suis Charlie” signs, along with French and American flags and glowing candles, hundreds of people assembled outside of Los Angeles City Hall Jan. 11 to pay tribute to the 17 people killed in two terrorist attacks in Paris, on Jan. 7 and Jan. 9.

    Organized by the...

  • College students, teacher among 4 victims of Paris kosher attack

    January 12, 2015 | 11:19 am

    Just before Shabbat, Avishai Hattab told a Jewish radio station that he hoped to see his brother alive.

    But by Saturday morning, it was clear that Yoav Hattab, a 21-year-old Tunisia native living in the Paris suburb of Vincennes, had died at the hands of a radical Islamist during...

  • Soldiers to protect Jewish schools in France

    January 12, 2015 | 10:29 am

    France will deploy soldiers at Jewish schools to increase security, the country’s interior minister said.

    Nearly 5,000 security forces and police will help protect the country’s 700 Jewish schools, Bernard Cazeneuves said Monday during a meeting with parents at a Jewish school...

  • What “Charlie” knows

    By Diana Emuna

    January 11, 2015 | 6:43 am

    Stephane Charbonnier of Charlie Hebdot was unafraid. Charlie Hebdot published cartoons that made fun of Christians, Jews and Muslims.  Charbonnier said  he would rather “die on his feet than live on his knees.”  He and his colleagues knew the risks.  They were threatened and their...

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