British woman launches petition urging Israel to honour Hyper Cacher hero Lassana Bathily

By Rosa Doherty, January 22, 2015

An online petition has been set up calling for the Muslim employee who hid Jewish customers during the Hyper Cacher attack to be honoured by Israel.

Lassana Bathily, 24, concealed Jewish customers in a cold-store when gunman Amedy Coulibaly attacked the kosher supermarket in Paris, killing four people.


We're scared when we take the children to school, scared when we go to work

By Naomi Firsht, January 22, 2015

At kosher deli Charles Traiteur, customers exchange pleasantries at the checkout before heading out into the crisp morning air. Cars cruise along the road outside and locals stroll in and out of the cluster of stores nearby.


Somehow, we are all tainted by the atrocity

By Steven Berkoff, January 22, 2015

One of my joys of working in Paris was visiting the legendary Jewish Goldenberg deli in the Rue De Rosiers. The thing about Jewish delis is that, no matter where you are in the world, they make you feel not only that you are at home but also that you belong to a unique brotherhood of mankind.

The restaurant was warm-hearted, charming, even healing.


UK security boost goes unnoticed

By Rosa Doherty, January 22, 2015

Increased security measures around Jewish organisations in the wake of the Paris attacks have gone largely unnoticed, according to a poll conducted for the JC.

Despite unprecedented co-operation between the police and Jewish security groups, 58 per cent of British Jews said they had not noticed an increased police presence in their area.


Four men charged over Paris killings

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2015

Four men have been accused of assisting the gunman who shot four hostages at a Parisian kosher supermarket this month.

The men – aged 22, 25, 26 and 28 – have received preliminary charges of association with terrorism.

They are believed to have provided Amedy Coulibaly – who shot a French policewoman a day before attacking the kosher Hyper Cacher store – with logistical support.


JCoSS headteacher seeks to reassure parents over school security

By Rosa Doherty, January 20, 2015

The headteacher of the Jewish Community Secondary School, JCoSS, has moved to reassure parents over security measures taken in the wake of the Paris attacks.

In a letter, Patrick Moriarty, wrote: “Such events have naturally raised anxiety levels about security in this country, and I seek to reassure you that we have kept these issues under regular review.


'Three people taken hostage in Paris'

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2015

A gunman who took up to five people hostage in a Paris post office today, has handed himself over to police.

He was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and numerous grenades. No one was injured in the incident.

Sources told the Liberation newspaper he was reacting to a "heartbreak - disappointed in love".

The post office is said to be in Colombe, in north-western Paris.


'I knew he was there to kill me'

By Naomi Firsht and Shirli Sitbon, January 15, 2015

Hyper Cacher is a kosher supermarket like any you would find in cities across Britain.

The aisles are too narrow to contain the large families who come to do their shopping all together and, on a Friday afternoon, full of noise and people, there to pick up their last few bits for Shabbat.

Father-of-five Daniel Benhamou was doing just that when Coulibaly entered the shop.


Thousands mourn as the dead are buried in Jerusalem

By Charlotte Oliver, January 15, 2015

Thousands of Israelis joined leading public figures in Jerusalem on Tuesday for the funerals of the four men killed in the Paris supermarket attack..


Out Shabbat shopping, then cut down by bullets

January 15, 2015

Philippe Braham

● The 39-year-old was a manager at a computer company in Paris. He and wife, Valerie, had four children, three of whom attend the Jewish school in Montrouge, near where terrorist Amedy Coulibaly killed a policewoman the day before the attack on the kosher supermarket.

Mr Braham was at the store on Friday afternoon shopping for Shabbat.