Extremists arrested in France 'planned to target Jews'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 3, 2012

French police may have thwarted a plot to kidnap a Jewish magistrate last week.

According to AFP, the raid on 16 suspected Islamists last week has led investigators to plans to target members of the country's Jewish community.


'Two states critical for Israel's future'

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 29, 2012

More than 2,500 policymakers, Middle East experts, religious leaders, community activists and students converged in Washington over the weekend for J Street's second national conference.

The self-styled pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group is working to re-focus the US foreign policy agenda on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.


Universities say no to hate speakers

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Anti-extremism campaigners were celebrating a string of victories at UK universities this week.

Muslim speaker Sheikh Assim Al Hakim, known for his radical views on homosexuality, was barred from three campuses in a matter of days.


Police probe violence involving Beitar Jerusalem fans

By Jennifer Lipman, March 26, 2012

Police in Israel are looking into claims that supporters of the right-wing Betar Jerusalem football team verbally abused Palestinian workers in a shopping centre.

According to Ha'aretz, the clash took place at the Malha Centre last Monday after a match at the nearby Teddy Stadium, named after the former mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek.


Jews and Muslims must show unity against jihadists

By Ed Husain, March 22, 2012

"God forbid that the recent killer of Jewish children and a rabbi in France be a Muslim or of Arab descent," I tweeted a day before the French authorities named Mohamed Merah as the prime suspect in last week's terrorist atrocity. People on Twitter responded to me saying: "He also killed Muslims".


France's Jewish community faces another attack

March 22, 2012

There was no shortage of up-to-the-minute - and sometimes incorrect - information circulating about the Toulouse killing as events unfolded.

However what was often missing from TV, web and radio reports was the history of antisemitic attacks in France - and even in Toulouse itself.


Toulouse: Marine Le Pen calls for war against 'politico-religious fundamentalists'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

The far-right French presidential hopeful has weighed in to the public debate as details about the perpetrator of the gun attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse emerge.


French gunman could have filmed Jewish school shooting

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

French investigators hunting a man who shot at pupils arriving at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday morning, killing four people, believe he filmed the attack.

The man, who has also been linked to the murders of three soldiers, was said to have had a video camera attached to him as he escaped the scene on a motorcycle.


Police probe into Israel "must be destroyed" speaker dropped

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2012

Police have dropped an investigation into comments made by controversial former US marine Ken O'Keefe at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

Officers studied video footage of Mr O'Keefe telling an audience that Israel "must be destroyed", but decided no criminal offence had been committed.

Mr O'Keefe had responded to last week's news of the investigation by tweeting: "Bring it ****ing on."


National Front thugs mount anti-Jewish attack in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

A well-known French journalist has accused the right wing National Front party of allowing racist speech to be used "freely" after she and her partner were targeted by anti-Jewish thugs.