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  • Why Jews must stay in Europe

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • 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,...

  • After attack, spike in emigration could deplete France’s Jewish community

    January 13, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    Taken alone, the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket near Paris is nothing that French Jews haven’t seen before.

    Arguably, the 2012 attack that caught the Toulouse community unprepared was more traumatic because children were killed. And the 1982 attack on the...

  • France’s wake-up call

    January 12, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    The kosher supermarket was chosen deliberately. Men, women and children were shopping and preparing for Shabbat. Only two days before the attack, terrorists had left 10 of the best-known satirical journalists and cartoonists dead at Charlie Hebdo. Three French police officers were...

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  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Hollande visits graves of victims of Toulouse Jewish school attack

    November 19, 2013 | 10:38 am

    French President Francois Hollande visited the Jerusalem graves of the victims of the attack on a Toulouse Jewish school.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompanied Hollande to the cemetery on Tuesday.  They were joined by members of the Sandler and Monsonego families,...

  • Threatening caller to Toulouse school gets jail term

    September 25, 2013 | 9:49 am

    A man who made death threats against the Jewish school in Toulouse where Mohammed Merah killed four people last year was ordered jailed for a year.

    Lucien Abdelrhafor, 20, in an expedited court procedure Monday also received an additional year’s suspended jail term for phoning in...

  • 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...

  • Global anti-Semitism grew by 30 percent in 2012, report finds

    April 8, 2013 | 5:53 am

    Global anti-Semitism increased by 30 percent in 2012 over the previous year, an annual report found.

    Following two years of decline, there was a "considerable escalation" in the level of violent acts and vandalism against Jews in 2012, according to the global anti-Semitism report...

  • 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...

  • Film suggests Toulouse killer was disturbed, not hateful

    March 11, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    Four weeks before he murdered seven people in Toulouse, a cheerful Mohammed Merah was filmed laughing and showing off his skiing skills to friends at a popular Alpine resort.

    The footage, televised on March 6, formed the opening sequence in a controversial documentary about the...

  • Two arrested on suspicion they aided Toulouse killer Merah

    February 27, 2013 | 9:55 am

    French police arrested two men on suspicion that they helped Mohammed Merah in two killing sprees in the Toulouse area last year, including at a Jewish school.

    The two were arrested separately on Tuesday in Toulouse, according to Le Monde.

    Merah, a 23-year-old radical Muslim,...

  • Knife-wielding woman arrested outside Toulouse Jewish school

    February 6, 2013 | 10:31 am

    A knife-wielding woman was arrested after threatening a student of the Toulouse Jewish school where an Islamist radical murdered four people nearly a year ago.

    The 51-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday outside the Ohr Hatorah school (formerly Ozar Hatorah) after she brandished...

  • 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...

  • In Europe, big gaps exist among security precautions at Jewish institutions

    November 19, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Within hours of Israel's assassination of a top Hamas commander, the situation room sprang into action, anticipating retaliatory attacks and preparing instructions to keep civilians out of harm's way.

    No, the room wasn't deep in a bunker beneath Jerusalem, but thousands of miles...

  • Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah was raised to be anti-Semite, brother writes

    November 12, 2012 | 9:49 am

    Mohammed Merah was raised to be an anti-Semite long before he killed four Jews in Toulouse, Merah's brother wrote.

    “My young brother was certainly a Salafist, but before he turned into one he grew up in this detestable atmosphere that accommodates anti-Semitism,” Abdelghani Merah...

  • France’s Hollande ripped Netanyahu, French satirical weekly reports

    November 8, 2012 | 11:02 am

    French President Francois Hollande said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “turned a memorial service in Toulouse into an election rally,” a French satirical newspaper reported.

    The weekly Le Canard Enchaine published an unsigned article that said Hollande made the comment...

  • 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...

  • At Toulouse, French president vows to fight anti-Semitism

    November 1, 2012 | 9:44 am

    France will clamp down on anti-Semitic hate speech online and elsewhere, French President Francois Hollande said at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    “We will relentlessly combat anti-Semitism, also on social networks where haters may have...

  • French Jewish leaders ‘outraged’ by mosque desecration near Toulouse

    August 3, 2012 | 10:59 am

    French Jewish leaders are calling the tossing of two pig heads into a mosque not far from Toulouse “an odious desecration.”

    Worshippers at the Salam mosque in Montauban in southern France discovered two pig heads at the entrance to the building yesterday.

    On March 15, Muslim...

  • Jewish life in France: Progress amid ongoing concerns

    By Tom Tugend

    August 1, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    On March 19, Mohamed Merah, 23, attacked the Ozar HaTorah school in Toulouse in southern France, killing three students and a rabbi.

    The young Muslim subsequently died in a shootout with police, but within 10 days of the killing spree there were 90 anti-Semitic incidents throughout...

  • Families of Toulouse victims seek gag order on leaked recordings

    July 9, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    Relatives of the victims of Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah will seek to prevent the media from broadcasting recordings of the late French Muslim gunman.

    Attorneys for the bereaved relatives said Monday that they are seeking a gag order on the recordings after negotiations between...

  • Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah’s father suing police

    June 11, 2012 | 2:54 pm

    The father of Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah reportedly is suing police for allegedly murdering his son.

    Mohamed Benalel Merah filed a lawsuit against the RAID elite police who shot his son, the French news agency AFP reported Monday.

    “This is a suit against unnamed persons for...

  • Toulouse massacre encouraged more French anti-Semitic attacks, report says

    June 4, 2012 | 10:55 am

    The recent massacre at a Jewish school in Toulouse “triggered an explosion” in anti-Semitic attacks across France, according to the French Jewish community’s protection service.

    The Service de Protection de la Communauté Juive, or SPCJ, made the observation in a statement about...

  • When killers target kids

    May 2, 2012 | 2:20 pm

    On July 22, 2011, 33-year-old Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people, most of them teenagers, on the island of Utøya in Norway. On March 19, 2012, 23-year-old Mohammed Merah shot and killed a teacher and three young children at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France.

    Both killers...

  • French voters moving on from Toulouse, but Jews can’t let it go

    April 19, 2012 | 4:31 pm

    If Isaac Sitrin is worried about being targeted by Jew-hating thugs, then he is hiding it well.

    After determining that a fellow train passenger is Jewish and willing to lay tefillin, he ushers the passenger to the center of Gare du Nord train station. Praying aloud, Sitrin performs...

  • L.A.'s Muslims, Jews must join against hate

    April 4, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    To say that the past weeks have been unsettling for Muslims and Jews would be an understatement. The point-blank murder of Jewish schoolchildren and their teacher in Toulouse, France, can only be described as chilling and ruthless. The killer did not limit his hatred to Jews. His...

  • France arrests more suspected Islamic militants

    April 4, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    Ten suspected Islamic militants were arrested in France in the second mass arrest there in recent days.

    The suspects are alleged to have ties to radical Islamist websites and had similar profiles to Mohammed Merah, the gunman who killed three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school...

  • Reflecting on the Toulouse murders

    April 3, 2012 | 5:49 pm

    Addressing an audience of more than a thousand expatriate Iranians in Paris last Saturday, former Attorney General Michael Musasey praised the Iranian Resistance’s leader Maryam Radjavi, a known Muslim political leader, for having “opened the session by extending her sympathy to...

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