BBC Pesach programme will feature plight of French Jews

By Josh Jackman, April 13, 2016

A BBC programme to be broadcast during Pesach will compare the increase in French Jews emigrating to Britain with the exodus from Egypt.

The programme, Never Again: Fear and Faith in Paris will centre around St John’s Wood Synagogue in north-west London, which has hosted a separate service in French on every Shabbat since 2013.


'France is losing a generation to hate'

By Shirli Sitbon, April 7, 2016

Experts on radicalisation in France have warned that an entire generation is being lost to extremists who peddle hatred of Jews.


Bernard-Henri Lévy: 'Those who hate me, it is their problem'

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2016

Bernard-Henri Lévy sits in the library of Maida Vale's magnificent Victorian Sephardi Synagogue waiting to deliver a talk on his latest book, L'Esprit du Judaisme, a celebration of Jewish thought.


Brother of Toulouse killer to stand trial on terror charges

By Naomi Firsht, March 16, 2016

A brother of Mohamed Merah, the Islamist extremist who killed four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012, will stand trial on terrorism offences.

Mohamed Merah killed three children and a teacher at Ohr Torah school in Toulouse in March 2012. He also killed three French paratroopers in a separate attack.

He was shot dead by police several days later in a standoff.


Helping French integrate 'will be in US's interest'

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2016

The influx of French Jews to Britain could dramatically change the way synagogues and schools are run, the French-born Hendon United Synagogue chairman has claimed.

Marc Meyer estimates that more than 10,000 French Jews have moved to the UK over the past decade. "They have come because they sense the opportunity and quality of life within the Jewish community here that is offered to them.


Charles Palant, Auschwitz survivor who founded organisation against antisemitism, has died aged 93

By Josh Jackman, February 29, 2016

A Holocaust survivor who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps before going on to create an organisation to fight antisemitism has died.

Charles Palant, who was 93 , co-founded the Movement against Racism and Antisemitism and for Peace (MRAP) in 1949 after spending 650 days in the two death camps from 1943 until the end of the war.


France's peace process threats will fade to black

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 4, 2016

Two competing narratives are now circulating in Jerusalem to explain the latest French plan to hold an international conference on the "viability" of the two-state solution and, in the absence of a diplomatic process, to unilaterally recognise a Palestinian state.


‘We can buy you and put you in ovens’, French embassy intern tells Israeli

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2016

A prestigious French university has expelled a student for making antisemitic remarks on social media.

Kuwaiti Amira Jumaa is the first student to be expelled from Sciences Po since the institution was founded in 1872.


Machete attack teen faces terrorism charges

By Naomi Firsht, January 13, 2016

A teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher with a machete in the south of France is to face terrorism charges for attempted murder.

Benjamin Amsellem was on his way to work in Marseille on Monday morning wearing a kippah when the teen slashed at him with a machete, wounding him in the back and hand. He fell to the ground and protected himself with a book he had with him.


Fears deepen as Le Pen soars at French polls

By Naomi Firsht, December 10, 2015

The success of the far-right National Front in France's regional elections has caused shock across Europe, with attention focusing on the apparently growing support for the party among French Jews.