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Published on 20 September 2010

30 years - The bombing of Copernic : Remember. Understand. Judge

Paris, October 3, 2010 will mark the 30th anniversary of the attack on the rue Copernic Synagogue in Paris – a date of terrible memory for the Jewish Community of France as this was also the 70th anniversary of the “Jewish Decrees” of Vichy.




On this occasion, an international symposium will be held in Paris under the auspices of CRIF to recall the memory of the victims, understand terrorist networks and the type of international legal cooperation that can bring terrorists to justice.



Since 1980, the Court, the investigators and the police have conducted a lengthy, detailed and fruitful enquiry into the facts. It was thus established that the attack – first attributed to the extreme right – was organized by a terrorist network from the Near East which held to a clear strategy to export the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The enquiry led to a splinter branch of the Popular Front for The Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and, in particular identified a man of Lebanese origin, residing in Canada, allegedly responsible for the bombing: Hassan DIAB.



In 2008, France delivered to Canada an extradition request for the suspect, thereby revealing that the investigation of the rue Copernic bombing had never been shelved.



On November 8, 2010, the affair will finally be examined in Canada.



2010 is a time for justice and also for commemoration.

At CRIF’s international colloquium in Paris, many experts, including the anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere, the researcher Jean-Yves Camus and former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler will discuss 30 years of investigation: Which terrorist organization was behind the attack? How do the police and judicial systems of different countries cooperate in fighting terrorism? How does a country extradite a terrorist from another country?



October 3, 2010:
International Symposium and Commemoration of the bombing of the rue Copernic Synagogue in Paris , The bombing of Copernic. Remember. Understand. Judge.



Under the auspices of the CRIF, with ULIF and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, France.



In the presence of Prime Minister Francois Fillon, Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere, Professor Irwin Cotler, former Minister of Justice in Canada.
Time: 2:00 p.m. Location: ULIF Synagogue, 24 rue Copernic, 75116 Paris. Register at communication@crif.org




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Copernic Declaration Against Terrorism



Paris, 3 October 2010 will mark the 30th anniversary of the attack on the rue Copernic Synagogue in Paris – a date of terrible memory for the Jewish Community of France as this was also the 70th anniversary of the “Jewish Decrees” of Vichy.

Contemporaries will recall that the Copernic bombing was, at first, marked by the President of the Republic's absence and the maladroit declarations of the Prime Minister. Later they were present at the superb reaction of the people of Paris, descending en masse along the streets from the Republique to the Bastille.

Since 1980, the Court, the investigators and the police have conducted a lengthy, detailed and fruitful enquiry into the facts. It was thus established that the attack – first attributed to the extreme right – was organized by a terrorist network from the Near East which held to a clear strategy to export the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The enquiry led to a splinter branch of the Popular Front for The Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and, in particular identified a man of Lebanese origin, residing in Canada, allegedly responsible for the bombing: Hassan DIAB.

In 2008, France delivered to Canada an extradition request for the suspect, thereby revealing that the investigation of the rue Copernic bombing had been never shelved.

On 8 November 2010, the affair will finally be examined in Canada.

2010 is a time for justice and also for commemoration.

It is a moment for the younger generation – Jewish and Gentile – to know the facts, understand them and take note of the human dramas that nurture antisemitism and terrorism.


In 2010, the youth must hear the testimony to the violence of the rue Copernic assault. This incident exposed the face of the new antisemitism exported from the Middle East which struck and, sadly, continues to strike the Jews of France.

In 2010, the youth must know that, on 3 October 1980, the terrorists who killed Jean-Michel Barbé, Philippe Bouissou, Hilario Lopes-Fernandes and Aliza Shagrir, will never find a peaceful shelter in any democracy.

So that justice may be done for the victims of the rue Copernic bombing,

the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF)
the Jewish Liberal Union of France (ULIF Copernic Synagogue)
the Simon Wiesenthal Centre (CSW-France)

strenuously urge the French authorities to intervene with the Canadian authorities in order that the extradition procedure launched by the French judicial authorities be implemented.

The political and judicial authorities of Canada know that terrorism can tomorrow strike their country, as it has struck so many others.
No one is immune and terrorism can never be vanquished by weakness.

If, on 8 November, the extradition order is successful, Hassan DIAB may, at last, stand before the Assize Court of Paris.

Responsibility for the rue Copernic bombing must be established, even more than 30 years after the facts, as that attack marked a turning-point in the struggle of the democracies against terrorism.

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