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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

  • The quenelle: Et tu, Asterix?

    December 30, 2013 | 11:13 am

    Louis Farrakhan, watch out. Your slot on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of top 10 anti-Semites may soon go to an ancient fat man from Gaul and his short, blond friend.

    The challengers are Obelix and Asterix, two characters from a popular French comic book series that offers a...

  • Quenelle salute performed in front of Toulouse Jewish school

    December 30, 2013 | 11:02 am

    Amid a public debate in France over an allegedly anti-Semitic gesture, French media have published a photo of a man performing it outside the Toulouse school where four Jews were murdered.

    The photo, which was published Monday on the website of the television channel France 3,...

  • Israel is the leader in producing drones

    December 9, 2013 | 10:40 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) are being used in conflicts all over the world, and military analysts say their use is only expected to increase. With the clear advantage of not needing pilots, who can be shot down or captured,...

  • Iran, six powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear deal

    December 9, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty-gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.

    The preliminary accord is seen as a first step towards...

  • After Geneva, Iran’s nuclear deal remains a conundrum

    December 4, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Last month’s nuclear deal with Iran has set off a cacophony of pro and con acrimony pitting public officials, academic experts and pundits against one another.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the interim accord a “historic mistake.” The Wall Street Journal headlined...

  • Delay in launch of nukes deal gives Iran an edge, some say

    December 3, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    There’s the six-month interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program that trades some sanctions relief for a freeze on Iran’s nuclear program. And then there’s the interim before the interim begins.

    Little noticed in the wake of the historic pact reached last month by Iran and the major...

  • Old assumptions questioned in Arafat’s mysterious death

    November 22, 2013 | 11:50 am

    President Yasser Arafat's spartan bedroom remains largely as he left it in 2004, when he flew off to France for treatment for a mystery illness only to return home two weeks later in a coffin.

    More like a prison cell than the living quarters of an Arab leader, a single bed lies...

  • World powers, Iran in new attempt to clinch nuclear deal

    November 20, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Big powers resumed talks on Wednesday on a preliminary deal to curb Iran's nuclear program with Russia and Britain confident a breakthrough could be clinched and Iran spelling out "red lines" but saying it wanted friendly ties with all nations.

    Keen to end a long standoff and...

  • Deeply unpopular at home, French president embraced on Israel trip

    November 18, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    For Francois Hollande, the most unpopular head of state in France in more than half a century, his first presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority promised a respite from the daily pummeling over his country’s stunted economy and his perceived flimsiness as a...

  • Rachel Berry, McDonalds, Paris and Tel-Aviv

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 6, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Glee- what a fun show.  A bunch of high-school kids dance and sing, and though sometimes being "Slushied," they still enjoy life and sing about it. I watch Glee. In fact, I am a big fan of Glee. And Smash. And Revenge. And The Americans. And Modern Family. And Dexter. And this is...

  • Paris Jew’s reburial in Israel ends legal battle

    October 30, 2013 | 11:11 am

    A Jewish celebrity art dealer who died in 1870 in France was reburied in Israel after his body was exhumed from his Paris grave due to property laws.

    The funeral for Jacob Giacomo Tedesco on Sunday in Beit Shemesh marked the end of a seven-year legal fight led by his relatives to...

  • U.S., France, Britain to press Assad on chemical arms

    September 16, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The United States, France and Britain warned President Bashar Assad on Monday that there would be consequences if he fails to stick to a deal under which Syria must give up its chemical weapons, and U.N. experts confirmed sarin gas was used in the August 21 attack in Damascus.

    ...
  • Parler Français? Natalie Portman wants to become a French citizen

    September 10, 2013 | 5:32 pm

    Natalie Portman is dying to become a citizen of France–or at least that’s how everyone is deconstructing a comment she made in the French magazine Madame Figaro.

    “I don’t have the French nationality, but I would be love to get it. But I don’t know if it’s possible because I...

  • Pope, in Syria peace appeal, calls for end to spiral of death

    September 7, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria's conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a "spiral of sorrow and death."

    Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria "a...

  • France to indict Zeitouni hit-and-run suspects

    August 23, 2013 | 10:17 am

    French prosecutors said they will indict two Jewish Frenchmen suspected in a hit-and-run incident in Israel.

    French officials delivered the news to the former boyfriend of Lee Zeitouni, a fitness instructor who died after a black SUV struck her in Tel Aviv in 2011 and drove off,...

  • Powerless West gropes for way to sway Egypt

    August 15, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Having failed to dissuade Egypt's military-dominated rulers from launching a bloody crackdown on supporters of an ousted Islamist president, Western governments are venting condemnation and groping for ways to influence the outcome.

    The United States and the European Union tried...

  • $1.3 million reward offered for information in Leviev jewelry heist

    August 6, 2013 | 10:23 am

    An insurance company is offering a $1.3 million reward for clues leading to the recovery of stolen diamonds and jewels owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev.

    The $136 million in jewelry was stolen July 28 from a resort in Cannes, France, where it was part of an exhibition on...

  • Exiled dissidents claim Iran building new nuclear site

    July 11, 2013 | 10:29 am

    An exiled opposition group said on Thursday it had obtained information about a secret underground nuclear site under construction in Iran, without specifying what kind of atomic activity it believed would be carried out there.

    The dissident National Council of Resistance of Iran...

  • France’s soaring anti-Semitism lures Jewish Defense League vigilantes out of shadows

    June 25, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    With scooter helmets in hand, a man called Yohan and six buddies stroll around Paris’ 20th arrondissement. The seven look much like a typical group of French students — until they locate a group of Arab men they suspect of perpetrating an anti-Semitic attack the previous day.

    ...
  • Dreyfus letter fetches nearly $500,000 at Paris auction

    May 30, 2013 | 9:05 am

    A letter handwritten by Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish soldier who was wrongly convicted of treason in 1894, was sold at auction for nearly half a million dollars.

    The letter, which Dreyfus sent from prison to government officials in an attempt to clear his name, was sold...

  • This week in power: French president, Jewish fund, Egypt support, Bronner op-ed

    By Danny Groner

    May 30, 2013 | 3:36 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Re-meeting Cukierman
    Roger Cukierman was elected last week to head the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, the representative body of French Jewry. He served...

  • Blood and hate are flooding Europe

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Muslim communities in Europe are not something new. Many people suffered in middle-eastern lands, went searching for a new home where there is freedom of speech and equal rights, and started to settle in various European countries.  With time, they became more and more noticed. It...

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