France

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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To be a Jew here is no longer a statement of pride. For my family, this is the end of history

By Norman Lebrecht, January 15, 2015

Je suis un Juif Francais. There is no tension in that statement. Faith and nation co-exist in perfect harmony. All my life I have said those words without a trace of irony, or regret.

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Dieudonne to stand trial as France cracks down on hate

By JC Reporter, January 14, 2015

Antisemitic French comedian Dieudonne was arrested today over allegations that he “condoned terrorism” in a tweet about the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office.

On Monday the comedian posted a Facebook message saying: "Tonight, as far as I'm concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly".

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After Paris attack, rabbi wants law changed so Jews can carry guns

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2015

A prominent rabbi has called on European governments to allow Jews to carry guns in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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Victims of Paris supermarket attack buried in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

The four Jews who were killed in the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris were buried in Jerusalem today.

The funeral of Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada took place at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu and President Rivlin in attendance.

Relatives of the victims read kaddish and lit candles in their memory.

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Paris siege victims being buried in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

The bodies of four Jews killed in the terrorist attack on a Parisian kosher supermarket last week are being buried in Israel today.

The funerals of Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada will take place in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend.

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