A ‘new anti-Semitism’ rising in France

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11 July 2014

By Anthony Faiola, published in the Washington Post June 20, 2014

“I am not an anti-Semite,” French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala says with a devilish grin near the start of his hit show at this city’s Théâtre de la Main d’Or.

Then come the Jew jokes.

Strong message of solidarity and support from French President Hollande to Israeli PM Netanyahu

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11 July 2014

By Joseph Byron, published in European Jewish Press July 10, 2014

French President Francois Hollande expressed his country’s solidarity with Israel in the face of rocket fire from Gaza, in a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ‘’The President of the Republic reiterated ‘’that France strongly condemns these aggressions," said a statement released by the Elysee Palace, the French presidency. 

Far-right’s election success worries European Jewry

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30 May 2014

By Sam Sokol, published in the Jerusalem Post, May 27, 2014

Muslims, Jews join against xenophobia; head of European rabbinical conference says election results, attacks in Brussels, Paris "are an ominous sign."

Gains by the far-right in the European Union Parliament have Jewish communities on the continent nervous as they ponder a future in which parties they see as anti-Semitic secure increasing influence over policy.

European Jewish Leaders Demand Permanent Security in Belgium

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30 May 2014

By Tova Dvorin published on Arutz Sheva May 27, 2014

Belgian authorities have increased security in the Jewish community in Brussels following Saturday's horrific shooting attack, securing Jewish sites, synagogues, and schools from further harm. But Jewish leaders are fed up with growing anti-Semitism in Europe as a general phenomenon - and have called for permanent protection against future attacks. 

Jewish Groups Concerned Over Far-Right Surge in European Union Parliamentary Elections

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30 May 2014

Published in Algemeiner, May 26, 2014

Jewish groups expressed concern on Monday over the surge in support for far-right parties in the European Union’s parliamentary elections, with fears that hate speech will now feature more prominently in European politics.

That 'earthquake' in Europe? It's far-right gains in Parliament elections

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30 May 2014

By Catherine E. Shoichet and Jim Boulden, published in CNN May 26, 2014

France's far-right National Front has won a nationwide election for the first time, as far-right parties across Europe caused a political "earthquake," with a string of victories in voting for the European Parliament.

Brussels Jewish museum shooter 'inspired by French Islamist'

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30 May 2014

By Harriet Alexander, and Bruno Waterfield, published in the Daily Telegraph May 28, 2014

Gunman who killed three people at a Jewish museum filmed the shootings with a camera strapped to his chest in what is thought to be a copycat attack. A gunman who shot dead three people at a Jewish museum in Brussels had a camera strapped to his chest to film the killings, in an echo of the technique used by Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah.

French Jewish group urges Hitler furniture auction ban

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13 April 2014

Published on April 13, 2014 in Expatica

France's main Jewish body on Sunday called for the cancellation of an auction of Adolf Hitler and Nazi air force Chief Hermann Goering's personal effects due in Paris next month.

The umbrella organisation CRIF said the sale, planned for April 26, was "a form of moral indecency" and disrespectful to "the victims of Nazi barbarism".

Le Pen blocks kosher food for school children

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13 April 2014

By Ian Sparks, published on April 10, 2014 in the Jewish Chronicle

France’s far-right National Front party has been accused of undermining religious freedom after it banned state schools from serving kosher and halal food in the 11 town councils it now controls.

So that Ilan won’t be forgotten

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13 April 2014

French article by Tahar Ben Jelloun, published on April 7, 2014 in le Point

“24 days”, Alexandre Arcady’s new movie, tells, in a moving and uncompromising way, the tragedy of Ilan Halimi, a young Jewish man who was kidnapped and tortured to death in 2006, only because he was a Jew. 

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.

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