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  • Dieudonne trial over ‘gas chambers’ remark starting

    3 days ago

    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?

    5 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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...

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  • Would I leave France?

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Charlie Hebdo: High-impact, low-tech tactics add chilling dimension to attacks

    3 weeks ago

    In the aftermath of 9/11, the biggest fear that haunted U.S. counter-terrorism officials was that al-Qaeda or its allies would somehow get hold of a weapon of mass destruction: a biological agent or a nuclear bomb.

    As a series of more recent attacks have shown, notably in Mumbai,...

  • French Jews on edge after 4 killed in Paris siege

    3 weeks ago

    The two hostage crises that transfixed France and much of the world on Friday epitomize the problem Islamic radicalism poses in the heart of Europe: They’re a danger to civilized society generally, but especially to Jews.

    Now it’s time for the authorities to wake up to the...

  • Hollande calls kosher market hostage killing an ‘appalling anti-Semitic act’

    3 weeks ago

    French President Francois Hollande confirmed reports on Friday that four hostages were killed at a siege of a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris.

    Hollande called for national unity and said the country should remain "implacable" in the face of racism and anti-Semitism.

    "It is...

  • #JeSuisCharlie, #JeSuisJuif - We Must Unite In Our Battle Against Terror

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    On Wednesday, the western world experienced yet again the Islamic terror's attempts to shut down all forms of freedom of speech. Three Islamist gunmen stormed the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris and opened fire, killing at least 12 people. France, as well as...

  • Hostage taken north of Paris during manhunt for Charlie Hebdo killings

    3 weeks ago

    At least one hostage was seized in a town northeast of Paris on Friday during a huge manhunt for two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at a satirical weekly, according to a police source.

    Five helicopters were seen flying over an industrial zone outside the town of...

  • Can Charlie Hebdo’s spirit include Israel?

    3 weeks ago

    The Islamist massacre at Charlie Hebdo has understandably captured global attention because it was a barbaric attack on France and freedom of expression. In a moment of defiant moral clarity, "je suis Charlie" emerged as a popular phrase of solidarity with the victims. Hopefully...

  • Police hunt three Frenchmen after 12 killed in Paris attack

    3 weeks ago

    Police are hunting three French nationals, including two brothers from the Paris region, after suspected Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at a satirical magazine on Wednesday, a police official and government source said.

    The hooded attackers stormed the Paris offices of Charlie...

  • Artists defiant after Paris killings but fear censorship on Islam

    3 weeks ago

    Cartoonists and writers defended freedom of expression after Wednesday's attack on a satirical magazine in Paris but the reality for some artists accused of insulting Islam has been years in hiding, police protection and, for some, censorship.

    Among the 12 dead at Charlie Hebdo,...

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