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

    6 days ago

    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

    6 days ago

    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

    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...

  • 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...

  • Locals remember the victims of the Paris terror attacks

    2 weeks ago

    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

    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...

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

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 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...

  • Tough love for Islam

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    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’

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Charlie Hebdo’s next cover will feature Muhammad, defying attackers

    2 weeks ago

    Up to 3 million copies of Charlie Hebdo could hit newsstands this week, dwarfing its usual print run of 60,000, in response to soaring demand for the first edition of the satirical weekly since last week's deadly attacks by Islamist militants.

    Seventeen people, including...

  • Netanyahu out of step with French leaders at Paris rally

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to ruffle a few feathers while taking part in the "Charlie Hebdo" rally in Paris on Sunday, an event his office initially said he would not be attending for security reasons.

    Perhaps most awkward was his invitation to French Jews...

  • The Paris-Pindi Connection

    By Mahim Maher

    3 weeks ago

    The manhunt for the French terrorists had barely ended when more violence was being reported—in Pakistan.

    As I waited for a flight back home from the US, I watched BBC and CNN reporting the hunt for the two Muslim men accused of killing 12 people at French magazine Charlie...

  • 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...

  • France hostage-taker targeted Jews

    3 weeks ago

    Two brothers suspected of a bloody attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed on Friday when anti-terrorist police stormed their hideout, while a second siege ended with the deaths of four hostages.

    The violent end to the simultaneous stand-offs...

  • 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...

  • Parisians carry on, rattled but defiant

    3 weeks ago

    Serving at a juice bar at an unusually quiet central Saint-Lazare train station, 24-year-old Parisian student Laura Stern admitted to being "a little bit scared" a day after the worst attack on the capital in decades.

    But the attack by suspected Islamist militant gunmen who...

  • Paris Jewish institutions at maximum alert following Charlie Hebdo attack

    3 weeks ago

    Jewish institutions in the Paris region have upped their level of security to the maximum following the deadly attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices.

    More uniformed and non-uniformed police officers will be stationed outside Jewish institutions and in areas with large Jewish...

  • 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...

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