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  • Jewish teen, woman lightly wounded in Paris-region anti-Semitic attacks

    2 weeks ago

    A Jewish boy and a woman were assaulted in separate anti-Semitic incidents in the Paris region.

    The incident involving the woman occurred on May 13 on a street in Sarcelles, an impoverished northern suburb of the French capital where some 60,000 Jews live in close proximity to...

  • Lassana Bathily: The Muslim who saved French Jews

    By David Suissa

    April 9, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of Lassana Bathily, a French-speaking African-born Muslim, just 24, whom I met on his recent visit to Los Angeles.

    It’s early Friday afternoon on Jan. 9, and Bathily is at work at the Hyper Cacher market in Paris, where he has been living since...

  • Kosher supermarket reopens two months after Paris attacks

    March 17, 2015 | 3:43 pm

    The Paris kosher supermarket where four hostages were killed in January by an Islamist gunman reopened on Sunday morning to "show that life is stronger than barbarity," supermarket officials and France's interior minister said.

    The Jan. 9 attack on the Jewish foodstore by Amedy...

  • Paris’ Hyper Cacher market will reopen on Sunday

    March 13, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    The kosher supermarket on the edge of Paris that was the site of a bloody hostage situation in January will reopen Sunday.

    Hyper Cacher, which was badly damaged in the attack, has been renovated and restaffed, The Times of Israel reported.

    On Jan. 9, two days after the shooting...

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  • 2 men charged for links to Hyper Cacher shooter

    March 13, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    Two men have been charged for their links to the Paris kosher market gunman who killed four Jewish hostages in January.

    The men, identified as Amar R. and Said M. by the Associated Press, were charged for participating in a terrorist group with intent to commit a crime.

    Amar R....

  • Police arrest four with ties to Paris kosher market terrorist

    March 9, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    French authorities arrested four people with connections to the Islamist who seized hostages and killed four people at a kosher supermarket in Paris in January.

    The four, among them a French policewoman who converted to Islam two years ago, were friends with the supermarket...

  • U.S., France ‘on same page’ over Iran, want stronger deal

    March 8, 2015 | 9:27 pm

    The United States and France sought on Saturday to play down any disagreements over nuclear talks with Iran, saying they both agreed the accord now under discussion needed to be strengthened.

    "We are on the same page," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after talks...

  • 10 Hours of Walking in Paris as a Jew - Watch the Video

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 25, 2015 | 8:47 am

    At times when it's best to hide your Jewish identity while in Europe, Israeli-Jewish journalist Zvika Klein marched for 10 hours in the streets of Paris, wearing tzizit and a yarmulke. "Go f*** from the front and the back," "Viva Palestine," "What are you doing here?" were only a...

  • Why Jews must stay in Europe

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2015 | 4:08 pm

    If, God forbid, some crazy Muslim were to shoot and kill a security guard outside a synagogue in Sherman Oaks, would you pack up and move to Israel?

    No, of course not. One crazed gunman does not a pogrom make.

    Unless you’re Benjamin Netanyahu.

    That seemed to be the logic...

  • A snapshot of France and her Jews at the crossroads

    February 12, 2015 | 9:51 am

    I was in Paris on the Shloshim (ceremony marking the 30th day of the passing of a loved one) of the murder of four Jewish shoppers at a kosher supermarket on a Sabbath eve last month.

    President Obama and his spokesman Josh Reader can parse their phrases any way they choose, but...

  • The not-so random ‘deli’ shootings

    February 11, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    It just so happens that Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Abraham Cooper was in Paris for talks with Jewish leaders and government officials about the time the news broke of President Obama’s interview with Matt Yglesias in online Vox magazine.

    Complaining that the media...

  • 'Lisette’s List' walks readers through tumultuous, war-torn World War II Europe

    January 22, 2015 | 4:30 pm

    In her captivating historical novel, “Lisette’s List” (Random House), Susan Vreeland, the New York Times bestselling author of “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” takes readers by the hand and guides them, with assured steps and astute historical knowledge, through the tumultuous, war-torn,...

  • As L.A.’s Muslims condemn French attacks, a gap on what’s to blame

    By Jared Sichel

    January 22, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    Following the recent terror attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists that left 17 dead and 22 wounded at a satirical magazine and kosher market, the debate within the local Muslim community over what to blame and even how to label the ideology behind the attacks has only intensified....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Locals remember the victims of the Paris terror attacks

    January 15, 2015 | 6:19 pm

    Seventeen yahrzeit candles were displayed on the bimah at Sinai Temple on Jan. 14, where about 300 people gathered to pay homage to lives lost too soon. Each wick represented a victim of the recent attacks in Paris.

    “Living in Los Angeles, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we’re...

  • 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...

  • Deborah Lipstadt on the roots of terror and anti-Semitism

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 14, 2015 | 11:44 am

    Deborah Lipstadt, author of the celebrated book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier,” has eerily impeccable timing. Long before the terrorist murders at Charlie Hebdo that shook France last week, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust...

  • Why there’s no Charlie Hebdo in Israel

    By Simone Wilson

    January 14, 2015 | 10:57 am

    In the hours that followed the deadly attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, cartoonists around the world paid tribute in the best way they knew how: through their own sketches. Solidarity cartoons showed pencils as World Trade Center towers; pencils as guns;...

  • Charlie Hebdo ‘survivors’ edition’ sells out in minutes

    January 14, 2015 | 9:50 am

    Charlie Hebdo's first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes on Wednesday, featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad on a cover that defenders praised as art but critics saw as a new provocation.

    French readers queued at dawn for copies to support...

  • 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...

  • Tough love for Islam

    By David Suissa

    January 13, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    We’re conditioned to respect all religions. But what happens when we’re confronted with a religion that looks more like a political ideology? When I criticize Islam, I don’t criticize its spiritual beauty; I criticize the fact that in too many places around the world, the religion...

  • BBC Reporter Sorry for Saying Palestinians ‘Suffer at Jewish Hands’

    January 12, 2015 | 3:55 pm

    BBC reporter Tim Willcox apologized after saying at the Paris unity march on television that Palestinians “suffer hugely at Jewish hands.”

    Willcox, who works for BBC News and BBC World News, on Twitter Monday morning tweeted, “Really sorry for any offense cause by a poorly...

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