French army, haunted by genocide in Rwanda

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13 April 2014

French article by Nathalie Guibert published on April 3, 2014 in Le Monde

When he learned that France was sending a contingent to intervene in the civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR), this French general sent a message to the Ministry of Defense. "Remember Rwanda! ", he wrote. "We thought we were doing well, and then we found ourselves exposed to the anger of the world", he warned. 

Merah's brother remains in custody

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13 April 2014

French article published on April 2, 2014 in 20 Minutes

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the Paris Court of Appeal confirmed the staying in detention of the brother of Mohamed Merah, Abdelkader Merah, who had appealed on the extension of his provisional detention, decided on March 13 by the French justice. 

French Jews Say New Prime Minister Manuel Valls Has Their Back

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13 April 2014

By Cnaan Liphshiz, published on April 9, 2014 in the Jewish Exponent

Even among those who anticipated it, the intensity of anti-Semitic violence that hit France in 2002 was shocking.

That year — the height of the second Palestinian intifada — synagogues and schools were torched, previously rare anti-Semitic beatings occurred in Paris and elsewhere, and a new generation of Jews were introduced to dangers their grandparents recognized from the 1930s.

AJC Welcomes French Interior Minister’s Powerful Message on Anti-Semitism

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13 April 2014

Published on March 21, 2014 in American Jewish Committee’s Website

On the second anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls issued a powerful attack on anti-Semitism.

“Anti-Semitism has been on the rise in France in recent years, and largely comes from the extreme right,” said Valls. “What is new is an anti-Semitism that feeds on hatred of Israel and Zionism.”

French Interior Minister: Anti-Zionism is new anti-Semitism

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13 April 2014

Published on March 20, 2014 in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls called anti-Zionism “an invitation to anti-Semitism” at a Paris memorial remembering four Jews who were murdered in Toulouse in 2012.

Valls made his remarks on Wednesday – the two-year anniversary of the fatal shootings at a Jewish day school of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler; his two sons, Arieh, 6, and  Gabriel, 3; and Miriam Monsenego, 8.

On two year anniversary of Toulouse shooting, France remembers tragedy

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13 April 2014

By Joseph Strich, published on March 19, 2014 in the Jerusalem Post

Events were held in memory of seven persons who were murdered, among them four Jews, by Islamist Mohammed Merah.

Rallies were held across France to mark the tragic events of two years ago in Toulouse, in memory of seven persons who were murdered, among them four Jews, by Islamist Mohammed Merah.

In Paris on Wednesday, Manuel Valls, the French Interior Minister, called anti-Zionism “an invitation to anti-Semitism.” The old anti-Semitism of the French extreme Right is renewed: It feeds off hatred of Israel. It feeds off anti-Zionism, because anti-Zionism is an invitation to anti-Semitism,” he said.

Valls was speaking at a rally organized by the umbrella group for French Jewish communities, the CRIF, held in Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower, where more than 1,000 people gathered.

WJC President Lauder: Safeguard Ukraine's Jewish Communities

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11 March 2014

By the World Jewish Congress, published March 03, 2014

 

As the situation escalated in Ukraine, the World Jewish Congress today urged authorities there to ensure the safety of Jewish communities. “Our concern is that anti-Semitic elements not exploit the unrest to commit acts of violence against individual Jews or Jewish institutions,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. “The future of East Central Europe depends on the maintenance of comity among diverse communities. We cannot afford a return of the demons of the past.”

MEP Bastiaan Belder : ‘The European Parliament is much too silent on anti-Semitism’

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11 March 2014

By Yossi Lempkowicz, published February 16, 2014 in European Jewish Press

 

Dutch MEP Bastiaan Belder, who hosted a seminar on 'freedom of speech and anti-Semitism', said the European Parliament 'is much too silent on anti-Semitism’.

 

Dutch Member of the European Parliament Bastiaan Belder hosted this week in the parliament a seminar on the topic of ‘’Freedom of speech and anti-Semitism. What are the limits’’ in the wake of the case of Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a French controversial comedian who has been prevented by the government from touring his latest show around the country because of of concern about anti-Semitism. The comedian already owes 65,000 euros in fines for six convictions of hate speech against Jews and Holocust denial. Koen Lemmens, Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Critical Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium, said the Convention on Human Rights of the Council of Europe protects freedom of speech in its article 10 but its article 17 prohibits the abuse of the right. ‘’Holocaust denial is not protected by freedom of speech,’’ he added. But Rabbi Avi Tawil, Director of the European Jewish Community Center (EJCC), who organized the seminar at the EU parliament together with the European Jewish Association (EJA), believes that banning anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial speech should go hand in hand with education. 

FA ban for Nicolas Anelka – the written report

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11 March 2014

By Dave Rich, published March 07, 2014 in the CST (Community Security Trust)

 

The FA has published (pdf) the written report of the Independent Regulatory Commission that last week found Nicolas Anelka guilty of an aggravated breach of their rules for his ‘Quenelle’ salute goal celebration. CST welcomed the fact that the Commission found Anelka guilty but we did not comment on the specific punishment given to Anelka, as we wanted to wait until the FA had published this report that explains the Commission’s reasoning. Anelka was banned for 5 matches and fined £80,000: the 5 match ban is mandatory for cases of racist abuse in English football, but it can be increased up to 10 matches if there are “additional aggravating factors”.

2013 Report on Antisemitism in France

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11 March 2014

By SPCJ, published March 03, 2014 in CFCA, the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

 

SPCJ publishes statistics and analyses on Antisemitism in France in 2013

Antisemitic acts perpetrated on French soil are recorded by SPCJ in close collaboration with the Interior Ministry.

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French Jewish Leader Asks Francois Hollande for National Fight on Anti-Semitism

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11 March 2014
By JTA, published March 05, 2014 in The Jewish Daily Forward Quenelle and Rising Hate Should Be Prime Cause The head of France’s Jewish communities, Roger Cukierman, urged President Francois Hollande to make the fight against racism and anti-Semitism a national cause. Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella organization of French Jewish communities, made the plea in an interview he gave to the BMFTV network Tuesday, as he and other CRIF leaders prepared to greet Hollande at the annual CRIF dinner. French presidents have attended the event for the past 29 years.

Pérès : pour les 70 ans d’Israël, il y aura la paix

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15 April 2013

 

Plus optimiste que jamais, le président israélien Shimon Peres se dit convaincu que pour les 70 ans de l’État d’Israël, la paix aura été conclue avec nos voisins palestiniens. 

Netanyahu: le Jour du Souvenir inclut également les soldats non-juifs

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15 April 2013

 

Le Premier ministre israélien l’a déclaré, dimanche 14 avril 2013, devant un groupe réuni à Yad Labanim, quelques heures avant que la sirène marque officiellement le début du Jour du Souvenir pour les Morts de la défense d’Israël.

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