France

Young French communities fighting back

By Shirli Sitbon, June 16, 2016

Amid terror attacks, widespread antisemitism and spiralling aliyah, communal leaders say that adversity is actually bringing many French Jews closer together.

"We have about 15,000 members, a number that's been stable for years, but recent events have made people closer to the community.

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Hollande stresses primacy of two-state solution at Paris peace meeting

By JC Reporter, June 3, 2016

French President Francois Hollande opened the Paris peace summit this morning by saying that discord in the rest of the Middle East is not a reason to “abandon the Israeli-Palestinian issue”.

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Bonne chance: France seeks Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

June 2, 2016

Syria, Iraq, Libya and Egypt have large areas overrun by terrorists trying to establish a genocidal state. Yemen is shattered by war. And military giants Saudi Arabia and Iran are locked in an arms race.

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New leader of France's Jews warns community is experiencing most difficult situation since the war

By JC Reporter, May 30, 2016

Francis Kalifat, the new leader of France’s Jewish community, has said that rising antisemitism means the country’s Jews are facing their “most difficult situation” for over 70 years.

Mr Kalifat pledged that his priority as the newly elected president of Crif, the community's main representative group, was to combat increasing Jew-hatred.

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Warning of crisis in French Jewish schools

By Shirli Sitbon, May 12, 2016

A senior educator has warned of a crisis in Jewish education in France as schools close due to falling pupil numbers.

Four of France's 200 Jewish schools have shut down over the past year because Jews have been leaving France or moving to safer areas, said Jo Toledano, who until September headed the Alliance Israelite Universelle, an educational umbrella group.

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Easyjet rejects claim it removed passengers from flight because they were Jewish

By Josh Jackman, May 9, 2016

EasyJet has denied claims that it used armed police to segregate and remove passengers from a flight because they were Jewish.

It is understood that a passenger on a flight from Barcelona to Paris refused to sit down and fasten his seatbelt when the plane was on the runway before take-off.

The plane returned to the terminal, where all 180 passengers were removed.

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France honours D-Day veteran

By Josh Jackman, May 9, 2016

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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