1. Read in the news
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    Published on 6 June 2016

    A French drawer wins the iranian holocaust cartoon contest

    'Zeon' designs for Alain Soral's Website and is known for its anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic opinions. He is also close to Dieudonné.

  2. The CRIF in action
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    Published on 4 January 2010

    Anti-Semitism: we cannot merely be content with statistics

    Israel’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, in his introductory remarks, said that anti-Semitism was the world’s most ancient form of prejudice. He also remarked that alongside radical Islam, nationalism was returning and negationism was on the rise.

    Abraham Foxman, the national director of ADL, reckoned that 2009 had been the worst year for Jews since the Second World War. “No country has been spared. Things have never been so serious,” said the American leader for who the struggle against anti-Semitism cannot be reduced to mere statistics about the number of anti-Semitic acts.

    “Speaking is not enough,” added Yehuda Bauer, a professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, who called on participants to support the media that are working against anti-Semitism, like MEMRI. “Jews cannot be alone in fighting anti-Semitism. They need allies.” Yehuda Bauer called for a distinction between legitimate and illegitimate criticism levelled at Israel.

    According to the General Director of the SPCJ, “even if there are a lot exchanges between community organisations and governments, the qualification of the anti-Semitic nature of an act remains a sensitive issue and requires a joint approach to the facts.”

    The President of CRIF, Richard Prasquier, was the facilitator for a panel session on the situation of anti-Semitism in the world.

    The President of CRIF described the situation in France, a country with the largest Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe.

    With 740 anti-Semitic incidents in the first half of 2009, compared to 430 for the whole of 2008, French Jews suffered from a fresh outbreak of anti-Semitism after Israel launched Operation Cast Lead against Hamas. It was also in 2009 that the assassins of Ilan Halimi, who was murdered in 2006 by the self-proclaimed “Gang of Barbarians”, were tried and sentenced. “Ilan Halimi’s murderers had kidnapped him to obtain a ransom because, so they said, Ilan was Jewish and therefore obviously rich. Despite this blatantly anti-Semitic motive, some people still claim that this crime was not anti-Semitic.”

    The persistence of anti-Semitism in France accordingly seems to go hand in hand with ignorance. More recently, Jacques Attali, speaking in the Israeli daily Haaretz, said that there is no anti-Semitism in France. Fortunately, “the French government, for its part, is not minimising the phenomenon.” In fact, just last week, the government appointed a special prefect in charge of coordinating the fight against anti-Semitism. However, the government cannot take charge of everything and, as in any democratic society, leaves plenty of scope for civil society.

  3. The CRIF in action
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    Published on 19 October 2009

    Racist and anti-Semitic television channels: CRIF’s response

    On this occasion, Michel Boyon recalled that the CSA exists to safeguard the respect for the dignity of human beings in programmes made available to the public via audiovisual communication services and, on the other hand, to ensure that the programmes do not contain any incitement to hatred or violence for reasons of race, gender, lifestyle, religion or nationality (1).

    Richard Prasquier and Marc Knobel thanked Michel Boyon and the CSA. They said that CRIF works in close cooperation with MEMRI (3), which is involved in intensive media watch activities. CRIF will continue to refer to the CSA, because its task is to alert public opinion and the authorities whenever foreign television channels broadcast unacceptable, racist, anti-Semitic programmes which are contrary to the values of the French Republic.

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