France

Netanyahu says the same radical Islamic terrorism is behind attacks in Israel and France as first bombers are named

By Charlotte Oliver, November 15, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged foreign countries “to condemn terrorism against us [Israel] to the same degree that they condemn terrorism everywhere else in the world”.

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Concern raised for safety of French Jews following reports that the Bataclan theatre was targeted for being 'pro-Israel'

By Charlotte Oliver, November 15, 2015

France’s Jewish security community service, the SPCJ, has warned that the terror attacks that took place in Paris on Friday are a “very serious concern” for French Jews.

Following the attack, the group posted on Facebook detailed instructions to community leaders about how to keep their congregations safe.

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Jewish leaders around the world condemn Paris terror attacks

By Charlotte Oliver, November 15, 2015

Jewish leaders in France and across the world have condemned the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on Friday night, killing 129 people and leaving 350 injured.

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French school made Jewish and Muslim pupils wear red discs

By Naomi Firsht, September 27, 2015

A French school has sparked outrage by making Jewish and Muslim pupils wear red discs around their necks to indicate to canteen workers that they do not eat pork.

Piedalloues primary school in Auxerre, central France gave red discs to children who did not eat pork and yellow discs to non-meat eaters.

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'Queen's vagina' row

September 17, 2015

British Jewish artist Anish Kapoor announced last week that a Versailles politician was taking him to court for choosing to display antisemitic information on his sculpture, Dirty Corner.

The sculpture on display at the Château de Versailles - a large steel structure surrounded by large rocks, dubbed by French reporters "the queen's vagina" - was vandalised two weeks ago with antisemitic graff

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Air France ‘regrets’ map that shows Gaza and West Bank, but not Israel

By Josh Jackman, August 4, 2015

Air France has said it “deeply regrets” omitting Israel from an in-flight map.

The airline was responding to more than a dozen Twitter users who raised the issue after a photo of the map, which labels Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but not Israel, was posted on social media.

The image was taken late last week by a customer on board an Air France flight.

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France’s highest honour given to D-Day veteran

By Naomi Firsht, July 15, 2015

The Marseillaise was played through London’s French quarters on Tuesday in celebration of Bastille Day, but last Shabbat it made a guest appearance in a more unlikely place.

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Paris plans new £7m Jewish hub

By Sandy Rashty, July 2, 2015

French Jews have welcomed plans to build a £7 million cultural centre in Paris.

The new European Centre for Judaism is to include an area for academic studies, a cultural space, a synagogue, conference halls and offices.

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Hollande awards Kantor the Legion d'Honneur

July 2, 2015

The President of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, was awarded the Légion d'Honneur this week for his work combatting intolerance and racism.

The award is the highest decoration in France, established by Napoleon Bonaparte, and can be handed out to recognise an individual in any field of activity.

The award was bestowed on Mr Kantor at the Élysée Palace by President Hollande for

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French synagogues batten the hatches after Lyon jihad horror

By Michel Gurfinkiel, July 2, 2015

French police have said that the jihadi attack near Lyon last week was part of a wider terror operation and, as a result, Jewish institutions across the country are taking extra security measures.

Sources say that further terrorist attacks could happen at any moment and that while there are many targets, Jews and Israelis are clearly on the front line.

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