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  • ISIS urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

    6 hours ago

    ISIS urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group.

    ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in...

  • 5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

    6 days ago

    A laconic man who abhors hysteria, the president of France’s CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities is not naturally inclined to emphasize his community’s fear in public, preferring to underscore French Jewry’s achievements and capacity to prosper despite recent hardships.

    But in a...

  • France largest source of immigration to Israel so far in 2014

    2 weeks ago

    Reaching a 25-year high, immigration to Israel from France has become the largest single source of newcomers to Israel so far this year.

    Some 4,566 French immigrants arrived in Israel from January through Sept. 1, surpassing Russia, with 2,632 immigrants, and Ukraine, with 3,252...

  • French senator sorry for posting Israelis murdering Disney characters

    August 7, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    A French senator apologized for any misunderstandings connected to her praise for a campaign featuring fake pictures of Israeli leaders murdering Disney cartoon characters.

    Nathalie Goulet of the Union of Democrats and Independents party made the endorsement on Twitter earlier...

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  • Understanding the Holocaust: ‘Why the Germans? Why the Jews?’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 6, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    The Jew-haters among us, as recent headlines out of France and Belgium have reminded us, reach without interruption all the way back to antiquity. Still, the worst-case scenario of genocide in general and the mass murder of Jews in particular is what happened during the Shoah. And...

  • The Ebola-like plague of anti-Semitism sweeping the West

    August 4, 2014 | 10:30 am

    My parents, who have lived in Jerusalem for 22 years, recently met their new neighbors.  They are French Jews from Paris who describe themselves as refugees. " We came to the conclusion that there was simply no future for us in France.  Jews are targets there and the government...

  • European anti-Semitism exploding: It’s not just about Hamas

    August 1, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Conventional wisdom would have us believe that the current explosion of anti-Semitism across Europe is caused by the war with Hamas in Gaza. But it’s not that simple. The riots on the streets of Paris, the vicious anti-Jewish graffiti defacing the ancient streets of Rome, the...

  • Thousands attend pro-Israel rally in Paris

    July 31, 2014 | 12:36 pm

    Thousands of people attended France’s largest pro-Israel rally since the launch of the Israel Defense Forces’ offensive in Gaza.

    The crowd, estimated by police at 8,000, gathered near Israel’s embassy in Paris’ 8th Arrondissement under heavy police guard Thursday, shouting “long...

  • Firebombs fail to ignite at Toulouse Jewish center

    July 28, 2014 | 10:02 am

    Police in Toulouse arrested a man who hurled three firebombs at a Jewish community center and the officers guarding it.

    The incident happened Saturday, one hour after the conclusion of a demonstration against Israel’s actions against Hamas in Gaza, the AFP news agency reported.

    ...
  • Hundreds ignore ban in Paris to protest Israeli offensive in Gaza

    July 26, 2014 | 10:18 am

    Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris on Saturday when hundreds of marchers defied a ban by French authorities to rally against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.

    French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned organizers in a television address...

  • Germany, France, Italy jointly condemn Gaza-related anti-Semitic acts

    July 25, 2014 | 11:37 am

    In a joint statement the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy condemned anti-Semitic acts arising out of the recent wave of anti-Israel demonstrations across Europe.

    Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier, France’s Laurent Fabius and Italy’s Federica Mogherini met in...

  • Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise

    July 22, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    Shortly before their synagogue became shrouded by tear gas and smoke, 100 Jews wielding baseball bats and clubs were singing the French national anthem in front of the synagogue’s heavy metal gate.

    They had gathered outside the main synagogue in this Paris suburb Sunday to defend...

  • Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitism in anti-Israel protests

    July 22, 2014 | 9:41 am

    The foreign ministers of GermanyFrance and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia that have marred rallies against Israel's role in its conflict with Hamas in which about 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died.

    After 10 days of bombardment, ...

  • Anti-Israel rioters torch cars, throw firebomb at Paris-area synagogue

    July 21, 2014 | 11:07 am

    PARIS (JTA) — Anti-Israel protesters hurled a firebomb at a synagogue during an unauthorized demonstration in a heavily Jewish suburb of Paris.

    The riot broke out on Sunday afternoon in Sarcelles after a few hundred people assembled at a local metro station to protest Israel’s...

  • In Paris, Sharansky warns of ‘beginning of end’ for European Jewry

    July 8, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    On their 40th wedding anniversary, Avital and Natan Sharansky went sightseeing in the City of Light.

    But the Sharanskys didn’t follow the trail of countless couples who come here to kiss at the Eiffel Tower or slip so-called love locks on bridges over the River Seine. Theirs was...

  • French court orders extradition of alleged Brussels museum shooter

    June 26, 2014 | 10:13 am

    A French court ordered the extradition of Mehdi Nemmouche, the Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels.

    On Thursday, the court in Versailles approved Nemmouche’s extradition to Belgium to face murder charges, according to reports.

    Nemmouche...

  • Jews leaving France, Ukraine generate 50% increase in aliyah

    June 20, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Jewish immigration to Israel during the first quarter of 2014 increased by 50 percent over the corresponding period last year, mainly due to arrivals from France and Ukraine.

    In total, immigration to Israel under its Law of Return for Jews and their descendants during the first...

  • French minister: Brussels Jewish museum shooter no ‘lone wolf’

    June 13, 2014 | 10:47 am

    France’s interior minister said he believes the Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium should not be considered a “lone wolf.”

    Bernard Cazeneuve made the statement on Tuesday during an address before the French Senate about Mehdi Nemmouche, a...

  • Marine Le Pen raps father for pun deemed anti-Semitic

    June 10, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, criticized her father, the party’s founder, for a pun about a French-Jewish singer seen as anti-Semitic.

    Jean-Marie Le Pen, currently a legislator, said in a video posted on the party website that “next time we...

  • Jewish museum shooting suspect refuses extradition to Belgium

    June 4, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    The French national suspected of having shot three people dead in the Jewish Museum in Brussels last month refused on Wednesday to be extradited from France to Belgium, prosecutors and his lawyer said.

    Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, who has been in police custody since his arrest on Friday...

  • Jewish museum shooting suspect spent year in Syria, prosecutor says

    June 3, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    The 29-year-old Frenchman arrested on Friday over the fatal shooting of three people at Brussels' Jewish Museum spent a year in Syria after becoming radicalized during the last of five stays in jail in France, a prosecutor said on Sunday.

    When he was arrested in the southern...

  • French Jewish leader: ‘It’s not so pleasant living there as Jews’

    May 12, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    France’s flag has three stripes, and its motto promotes three values: liberty, equality and fraternity.

    Now, its Jewish community — Europe’s largest — faces three threats, according to Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish organizations and a vice...

  • French rapper accused of praising Toulouse killer

    March 7, 2014 | 9:52 am

    A French watchdog group filed a complaint against a rap artist it accuses of glorifying the anti-Semitic murderer Mohammed Merah.

    The National Bureau for Vigilance against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, filed the complaint with police this week against Elie Yaffa, better known in...

  • Toulouse anti-racism rally features anti-Zionism chants

    February 24, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Participants in a march against anti-Semitism and other racism in the French city of Toulouse hurled anti-Zionist insults at Jewish fellow demonstrators.

    Some of the insults were directed at Nicole Yardeni, who heads the local chapter of the CRIF umbrella group of Jewish...

  • French charge anti-Israel speech as criminal

    February 20, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    When Farida Trichine and 11 of her friends burst into a French supermarket in 2009 and began applying stickers with anti-Israel slogans to vegetables imported from the Jewish state, she expected to be escorted from the store by police.

    What she didn’t expect was to be convicted...

  • Paris court fines pro-Palestinian group for SodaStream boycott camp

    January 29, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    A Paris court fined a pro-Palestinian group for its campaign to boycott the products of the Israeli SodaStream company.

    Last week, the Tribunal for Grand Instances fined the France Palestine Solidarity Association about $9,000. The court, which was ruling on a lawsuit brought by...

  • French court scraps ban on Dieudonne show

    January 9, 2014 | 10:33 am

    A French court scrapped a municipal ban on a performance by the comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala.

    The administrative court in Nantes on Thursday rejected an argument by a municipal administrator, Christian de Lavernée, that a performance by Dieudonne would create a disturbance to...

  • French cities ban Dieudonne performances

    January 7, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    Several French cities banned performances by the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala following a recommendation by the interior minister of France to the country’s mayors.

    Shows were banned by mayors in Marseille, Bordeaux, Tours and Nantes, the opening venue of the...

  • Police investigate false bomb threat against comedian Dieudonne

    January 3, 2014 | 11:46 am

    French comedian Diedonne M’bala M’bala complained to police about threats to blow up the theater in which he performs.

    The bomb threat was made Thursday against the Main D’Or theater, which Dieudonne operates, in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, according to MetroNews.fr. Police...

  • NBA’s Tony Parker apologizes for anti-Semitic salute

    December 31, 2013 | 9:34 am

    NBA star Tony Parker has apologized for performing an anti-Semitic salute after a three-year-old photo was published in the French media.

    The photo shows Parker, who was born in Belgium and is a French national, performing the quenelle salute earlier this year with its inventor,...

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