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Teenagers held after hundreds of gravestones vandalised in France

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

Five people aged 15-17 have been taken into custody in eastern France over the vandalism of hundreds of Jewish graves.

The youngest came forward after seeing the outrage over the attack, in which more than 300 tombstones in the town of Sarre-Union were desecrated.

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Three injured in attack outside Copenhagen synagogue

By JC Reporter, February 15, 2015

Three people have been wounded in a shooting outside a synagogue in Copenhagen.

According to police reports, one civilian was shot in the head and two policemen were injured.

The attack followed another shooting at a cafe in Copenhagen earlier in the day in which one person was killed and three police injured.

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Soldiers guarding Nice Jewish centre stabbed

By Naomi Firsht, February 5, 2015

Three French soldiers were stabbed while patrolling a Jewish community centre in Nice on Tuesday.

The attacker, who has been named as Moussa Coulibaly, "rushed at the throat of one of the soldiers", Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, told reporters.

The soldier escaped with minor injuries to his face, he said.

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Dieudonne in court accused of supporting Paris attacker

By Naomi Firsht, February 4, 2015

French comedian Dieudonné told a French court today that he condemned last month’s Paris attacks “without any ambiguity”.

The controversial comedian was on trial for condoning terrorism for a comment posted on social media.

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French soldiers stabbed while guarding Jewish centre

By Naomi Firsht, February 3, 2015

The three French soldiers stabbed while on-duty in Nice were patrolling a Jewish community centre.

The attacker, who has been named as Moussa Coulibaly, used an 8 in blade to attack the soldiers, injuring two in the face and one in the arm. He was detained soon after the attack.

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Stop wave of French aliyah, says Burg

By Nathan Jeffay, January 29, 2015

As Israel braces itself for a rush of French Jews claiming automatic citizenship rights, one of the most famous dual Israeli-French figures has said they should be stopped.

Former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg, an ex-chairman of the Jewish Agency, this week told the JC that Israel should abolish the Law of Return legislation that ensures automatic citizenship for all Jews and only guarantee citi

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French ex-pats say they feel safer in UK

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2015

The growing French Jewish community in Britain looked on in dismay and fear as family and friends were directly affected by last week's terror attacks.

Originally from Nice, Simon Tobelem, 45, is now a trustee of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation in London.

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Anshel Pfeffer suggests four ways that France can help to prevent another attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 15, 2015

The coup de grace was near faultless - two special-forces teams working in complete co-ordination stormed the print works where Cherif and Said Kouachi were holed up north of Paris and the Hyper Cacher grocery where Amedy Coulibaly had taken hostages. Within minutes, the three gunmen were dead without further casualties.

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Offended by freedom of speech? That's life

By Oliver Kamm, January 15, 2015

"Why is freedom of expression deemed more important than Jewish lives?" asked Melanie Phillips in The Times this week. Her argument was that Western commentators were failing to report the virulent antisemitism at the heart of the Islamist terrorists' campaign of violence.

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Few have felt safe here for years

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2015

Three times in as many years French jihadis have struck against Jewish targets in Western Europe and each have claimed four lives.

In 2012, Mohammed Merah, who had earlier killed three French soldiers, shot dead a teacher and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

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