Posts Tagged ‘France’


French Society ‘Under Stress’ From Islamist Terror, Says Jewish Community President on Third Anniversary of ‘Hyper Cacher’ Siege in Paris

editor 11 January 2018

By Ben Cohen.. As France marked the third anniversary of the Hyper Cacher supermarket siege in eastern Paris on Tuesday (January 9, 2018), the head of the country’s Jewish community emphasized that French Jews were no longer isolated in their fear of Islamist terror. “French society is under stress,” Francis Kalifat — president of CRIF, the French Jewish communal body — told The Algemeiner in a wide-ranging interview. [Photo top right: CRIF President Francis Kalifat (r) with prominent French imam Hassen Chalghoumi at a Paris ceremony on the first anniversary of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks. Photo: Reuters / Philippe Wojazer].  (more…)


Kosher shops near Paris torched on anniversary of supermarket attack

editor 10 January 2018

By AFP and TOI Staff.. Incident occurs exactly 3 years after deadly shooting at Hyper Cacher, and less than a week after 2 stores were vandalized with swastikas. Prosecutors said the Promo & Destock store in the southern Paris suburb of Creteil caught fire overnight, days after it was hit by anti-Semitic graffiti. “The damage is believed to be very severe,” Creteil prosecutor Laure Beccuau told AFP, adding that investigators do not believe the fire was accidental. She said that an investigation into the incident has been opened by the judicial police of the Val-de-Marne department. [Photo top right: A screenshot from a video of the scene outside kosher grocery store Promo & Destock in the Parisian suburb of Creteil, that was burned overnight on January 9, 2018, less than a week after it was hit by anti-Semitic graffiti. (Screen capture/AFP)].  (more…)


How Israel Went Nuclear

editor 19 September 2017

By Shimon Peres.. The father of Israel’s nuclear deterrent reveals how it was built. An exclusive excerpt from No Room For Small Dreams, Shimon Peres’ posthumous autobiography. It was October 24, 1956, at the villa in Sèvres where the French and Israeli leadership were meeting to finalize the plans for Operation Suez. Ben-Gurion and I stood in one of the mansion’s sweeping spaces; it was at once a ballroom, an art museum, and a well-stocked saloon. Across the way, French foreign minister Christian Pineau and defense minister Maurice Bourgès-Maunoury were deep in conversation, but otherwise unoccupied. I sensed an opportunity, perhaps the perfect moment. [Photo top right: The Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert, 2002. (Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)].


Seeking justice, brother of Sarah Halimi sees ‘warning’ for French Jews in grisly slaying

editor 28 July 2017

By Raoul Wootliff.. In family’s first major interview, William Attal says he can ‘no longer stay silent’ over his sister’s brutal killing by a Muslim neighbor in April 2017, fumes at police refusal to acknowledge it was an anti-Semitic crime. PARIS — The killing of French Jew Sarah Halimi and subsequent efforts to deny its anti-Semitic motives represent a turning point for France’s Jewish community and must seen as a “warning sign” of the country’s changing attitudes towards Jews. [Photo top right: Wikipedia Commons](more…)


Macron denounces anti-Zionism as a new form of antisemitism

editor 25 July 2017

By J-Wire.. World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has applauded and thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for denouncing anti-Zionism as a ‘renewed form of anti-Semitism’, and for his pledge to ‘never surrender to the messages of hate’. (more…)


French Jewish Anger Grows Over Savage Antisemitic Murder of Pensioner at Hands of Muslim in Paris Suburb

editor 1 June 2017

By Ben Cohen.. As further details emerge of the brutal murder of an Orthodox Jewish woman in a Paris suburb at the hands of a Muslim assailant last month, French Jews are increasingly worried and angered by what one prominent member of the community called an “organized silence” surrounding the case.

Dr. Sarah Halimi — a 66-year-old pensioner living in the Paris suburb of Belleville — was murdered in the early hours of April 4 by Kada Traore, a 27-year-old immigrant from Mali. [Photo top right: The Anshei Shalom Synagogue in St. John’s Wood, a Sephardic synagogue, opened 13 years ago with very few French Jews. Today, 70 percent of the 160-member congregation is French.] (more…)


France: Emmanuel Macron, “Useful Idiot” of Islamism

editor 11 May 2017

By Yves Mamou.. Emmanuel Macron, a “Useful Infidel,” is not a supporter of terrorism or Islamism. It is worse: he does not even see the threat. Louizi’s article (Mohamed Louizi, author of the book “Why I Quit Muslim Brotherhood”, ed.), gave names and dates, explaining how Macron’s political movement has largely been infiltrated by Muslim Brotherhood militants. Is Macron an open promoter of Islamism in France? It is more politically correct to say that he is a “globalist” and an “open promoter of multiculturalism”. As such, he does not consider Islamism a national threat because the French nation, or, as he has said, French culture, does not really exist. [Photo top right:Emmanuel Macron (Image source: European External Action Service)]. (more…)


As Marine Le Pen advances in French election, Jewish leaders express alarm

editor 5 May 2017

By Adam Abrams.. Jewish leaders inside and outside France expressed alarm after far-right populist Marine Le Pen’s strong showing in the first round of the French presidential election Sunday (April 23, 2017). Pro-Europe centrist Emmanuel Macron of the En Marche party and Le Pen, head of the National Front party, emerged victorious in the election’s initial phase. Macron gained 23.7 percent of the vote to Le Pen’s 21.7 percent, according to Harris poll estimates. The candidates will face off in the final round May 7, 2017. (more…)


Jewish Holocaust Heroes And Heroines Honored In Paris

editor 17 February 2017

By Rina Bassist.. B’nai B’rith gives award to nine overlooked French natives. Paris – France’s Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia, French-Jewish resistance expert Dr. Tsilla Hershco and other leaders of the French-Jewish community gathered on Monday (February 13, 2017) at the Paris “Memorial de la Shoah” museum for an exceptional ceremony, honoring nine Jewish men and women for saving Jews during the Holocaust. Marcel Marceau, Theo Klein, Léon and Joseph Eligoulachvilli, George and Fanny Loinger, Nelly Willer, Rachel Grunstein and Liliane Lieber-Klein were awarded the Jewish Rescuers award (JRJ) for saving Jews during World War II. [Photo top right: Dr. Tsilla Hershco, a French-Jewish resistance expert, speaks at the B’nai B’rith ceremony yesterday in Paris.. (photo credit:Rina Bassist)] (more…)


Recognition of the Historical Connection to Palestine

editor 11 February 2017

By Eli E. Hertz.. Fifty-one member countries – the entire League of Nations – unanimously declared on July 24, 1922: “Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.” Unlike nation-states in Europe, modern Lebanese, Jordanian, Syrian, and Iraqi nationalities did not evolve. They were arbitrarily created by colonial powers. (more…)


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