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.


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.


France honours D-Day veteran

By Josh Jackman, May 9, 2016


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.