It's an alarm signal, says France's new chief rabbi

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11 July 2014

Interview of Haim Korsia in the Jewish Chronicle, June 27, 2014

The newly elected Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, has a stiff task ahead of him - and he knows it. The exodus of large numbers of French Jews is an "alarm signal", he said on Wednesday. "Jews have been killed, such as Ilan Halimi, and there were the shootings in Toulouse and in Brussels. In general, Jews feel vulnerable in our society.

Le Pen fails to create far-right EP faction

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11 July 2014

By Nikolaj Nielsen, published in EuObserver June 24, 2014

Far-right duo Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders have failed to form a group in the European Parliament.

French Jews flock to Israel in increasing numbers

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11 July 2014

Published in the San Fransisco Gate June 19, 2014

David Kadoch, of France who moved to Israel in August, talks to The Associated Press in Paris, Wednesday June 18, 2014. Record numbers of French Jews are leaving for Israel, citing dim economic prospects and a sense of being caught between an increasingly influential far right and militant Islam. About 5,000 are on track to leave this year, the most since the founding of Israel in 1948. 

Number of French Jews Emigrating to Israel Rises

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11 July 2014

By Dan Bilefsky, published in the New York Times June 20, 2014

For Tiffany Taieb Nizard, the decision to abandon France for Israel came this month when a French-born man was accused of gunning down four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in an anti-Semitic attack.

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. 

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