France

Journalist wins prestigious Chaim Bermant prize for articles on French antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

A journalist who wrote a five-part series on the rise of antisemitism in France has won the prestigious Chaim Bermant Prize for journalism at a Jewish Book Week session.

Marc Weitzmann, the former editor-in-chief of French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, received the prize on Sunday for his work, ‘France’s Toxic Hate’.

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Elite Islamic school is hate hotbed, says teacher

By Michel Gurfinkiel, February 19, 2015

A teacher has accused his former employer, one of France's top Muslim schools, of being a hotbed of fundamentalism and antisemitism.

Soufiane Zitouni, a prominent Muslim intellectual, has resigned from his post at Averroes Islamic High School in Lille in the wake of the jihadi murders of Jews and political cartoonists in Paris last month, saying that the school fostered extremism.

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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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