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  • When Hate Metastasizes, Plant Love.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 16, 2014 | 6:02 pm

    where milk and honey once flowed
    three boys were killed
    and one burned
    rockets fell
    bombs replaced the night stars
    echos from distant lands
    from ovens filled with ash
    the language of love used in shame
    fans cool Facebook heat, twitter on texts
    no dialogues, just parallel...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Arafat did not die of poisoning, French tests conclude

    December 3, 2013 | 12:43 pm

    Yasser Arafat was not the victim of poisoning, French forensic tests concluded on Tuesday, countering the theory put forward by a Swiss report on the 2004 death of the Palestinian leader.

    The French conclusions were immediately challenged by his widow Suha Arafat, who has argued...

  • Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in bid to reach deal

    November 22, 2013 | 6:18 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join talks on Iran's contested nuclear program in Geneva on Saturday, as Tehran and six world powers appeared to be on the verge of an elusive breakthrough in the decade-old dispute.

    The French, British and German foreign ministers, Laurent...

  • 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...

  • ‘Aftermath’ exposes dark secrets in Poland

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    The Nazi occupation of most of Europe during World War II and the Holocaust tested the moral fiber not only of the individual citizen but also of entire nations.

    Today, 68 years after the guns fell silent in Europe and the Far East, historians and filmmakers not-yet-born in 1945...

  • 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...

  • Quebec seeks to ban public workers from wearing religious symbols

    September 10, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    The Canadian province of Quebec will not allow public servants to wear Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps or other obvious religious symbols under a new charter unveiled on Tuesday that is designed to cement a secular society.

    The pro-independence government of the...

  • 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.

    ...
  • Suspected Merah accomplices arrested in Toulouse

    May 16, 2013 | 11:03 am

    Two men suspected of being accomplices of Islamist terrorist Mohammed Merah were arrested near Toulouse.

    Investigators believe the men, arrested Tuesday morning, are believed by investigators to have helped plan a series of deadly attacks in March 2012. One of the suspects was...

  • Amid rising Islamism in Africa, Israel-Senegal ties still flourishing

    May 7, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    Struggling to be heard over a flock of bleating sheep, Israel’s ambassador to Senegal invites a crowd of impoverished Muslims to help themselves to about 100 sacrificial animals that the embassy corralled at a dusty community center here.

    The October distribution, held as French...

  • Three men linked to Mohamed Merah arrested in France

    March 27, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    Three men believed to be linked to Mohamed Merah were arrested in southern France.

    Two of men were arrested Tuesday in Toulouse by a French police anti-terror unit, the French news service AFP reported.

    A third person was arrested on Wednesday morning in the nearby town of...

  • Report: 58% rise in anti-Semitic attacks in France in 2012

    February 19, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    France saw an increase of 58 percent in anti-Semitic incidents in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to a report by the French Jewish community.

    The report released on Tuesday by the SPCJ, the security unit of France’s Jewish communities, showed that 614 anti-Semitic...

  • French group that saved Jews from Nazis snubs Shoah memorial event

    February 12, 2013 | 6:41 am

    A French organization that saved Jews during the Holocaust has declined to attend a commemoration because it was organized by pro-Israel Jews.

    The Marseille branch of CIMADE, a French Protestant group established in 1939, declined to attend the region’s main memorial ceremony for...

  • Keep Lebanese terrorist in prison, U.S. lawmakers urge France

    January 28, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    A bipartisan congressional effort is aiming to keep the former head of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Brigade behind bars in France.

    Twenty members of Congress, led by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), signed a letter to France’s ambassador to the United States, Francois Delattre,...

  • Twitter must reveal details of users posting anti-Semitism, French court rules

    January 24, 2013 | 11:32 am

    Twitter must divulge details about French users who posted anti-Semitic messages, a French tribunal ruled.

    Thursday's order by a Grand Instance Court judge in Paris came in response to a lawsuit by the Union of French Jewish Students that sought to limit the impunity with which...

  • Eveline Leisner, 75

    January 23, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    Eveline Leisner, a longtime French educator, died on Jan. 5 after living with Alzheimer’s disease for 12 years. She was 75. 

    Born in Germany in 1937, she was hidden from the Nazis by a Belgian family, during which she learned French. She said she loved the language because it...

  • French teens arrested for chemical explosion near teacher who reported anti-Semitism

    December 14, 2012 | 9:28 am

    Two French teenagers were arrested on suspicion of setting off an explosion near a teacher after she reported receiving anti-Semitic threats at school.

    The teenagers, 16 and 19 years old, were arrested on Dec. 13 in Aix-en-Provence near Marseille in southern France for allegedly...

  • EU draft resolution slams Israeli settlements, carries no sanctions

    December 10, 2012 | 11:33 am

    A draft of a European Union resolution said the EU was "deeply dismayed" by Israeli plans for new construction in settlements but did not mention sanctions.

    The draft resolution, which was obtained by the French news agency AFP, said Israeli settlement construction “threaten...

  • Couple suspected of aiding Toulouse killer Merah taken into custody

    December 4, 2012 | 10:04 am

    A man and a woman in the Toulouse area were arrested on suspicion that they helped Mohammed Merah "commit crimes" that may have included the murder of four Jews.

    According to L'Express, a French daily, French authorities arrested the two on Tuesday morning. Reports in the French...

  • Two Jewish cemeteries, municipal building vandalized in France

    November 26, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    French police reportedly are investigating fresh acts of vandalism in two Jewish cemeteries and a municipal building.

    On Monday in Paris, police arrested two men suspected of digging up two corpses at the Pantin cemetery, according to a statement from the municipality. They were...

  • French Muslim leaders in Israel hope to mend fences with Jews

    November 14, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Standing in long, colorful robes and wearing traditional rounded hats, a group of men stood in reverent silence as one of their leaders placed a memorial wreath at Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust museum.

    The group was a delegation of 19 Muslim leaders from France, in...

  • Victims’ families demand inquiry into Toulouse murders

    November 1, 2012 | 10:21 am

    The families of the victims of Mohammed Merah have called for a parliamentary inquiry into failures that allowed him to murder four Jews and three French soldiers in the Toulouse area.

    The families’ attorney, Patrick Klugman, said the parliament should set up a committee of...

  • Two men attack Jewish schoolboy in Paris

    October 24, 2012 | 9:34 am

    Two men hit and threatened a Jewish schoolboy at a Paris bus stop, according to the security unit of France’s Jewish community, SPCJ.

    The two men, both in their 40s, hit the 12-year-old boy with a belt on Oct. 22 and told him to remain silent, SPCJ wrote in a statement on...

  • French spy service ‘failed’ to see Merah was dangerous, report finds

    October 24, 2012 | 9:19 am

    French security "failed" in assessing the danger posed by Mohammed Merah, the French Interior Ministry said in a report.

    The 17-page report, which was submitted Tuesday, confirmed that the French domestic intelligence agency DCRI had been monitoring Merah since last November,...

  • ‘Dead Jew’ is newest anti-Semitic phrase on French Twitter

    October 22, 2012 | 9:37 am

    Hundreds of French Twitter users wrote the phrase “a dead Jew” on Twitter after the company removed some anti-Semitic content.

    Twitter agreed to pull anti-Semitic materials offline on Oct. 19 after the Union of French Jewish Students threatened legal action. During that week, a...

  • Belgium’s local elections cause ‘anti-Semitic flood’

    October 19, 2012 | 10:04 am

    Belgium’s recent local elections triggered “an unprecedented wave of manifestations of anti-Semitism,” according to the country’s organization of French-speaking Jews.

    The Oct. 14 election and the campaign that preceded it “were characterized by a flood of anti-Semitic events the...

  • In France, Marseille Jews look to Paris and worry that their calm may be fleeting

    October 17, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    At a time when Jewish institutions across France resemble military fortresses for their security, entering the great synagogue and main Jewish center of this picturesque city on the Mediterranean coast is as easy as pushing open the front door.

    The only obstacles on a recent...

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