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Paris family attacked and robbed at gunpoint ‘because they are Jewish’

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2015

A Jewish family in Paris was attacked and robbed because of their religion, an antisemitism watchdog has confirmed.

The family, who own a jewellery shop in Paris, were attacked and tied up by three masked men of African descent holding handguns on Wednesday morning.

The son was said to suffer from “serious injuries” and was treated in hospital along with his parents.

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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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Board sends message of support to French community after terror attack

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2015

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has expresses solidarity with the people of France following the terror attack in Lyon.

A man has been decapitated and others were injured at factory by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.

The attack happened at the headquarters of the American owned Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near the city of Lyon.

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Spreading the mitzvah

May 18, 2015

The impact of Mitzvah Day in the wider community was highlighted by the founder of its Muslim equivalent at an interfaith tea for supporters hosted by Daniela and Trevor Pears on Sunday.

Facebook's European vice-president, Nicola Mendelsohn, was among guests who heard Julie Siddiqi, who recently launched the Muslim Sadaqa Day, tell how its Jewish precursor had inspired her.

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Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.

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Students' capital home-from-home

By Naomi Firsht, May 7, 2015

Jewish students often look to Hillels or Jewish halls of residence to provide a home-from-home experience while at university. Yet in London, hub of the UK community, there are none serving the estimated 2,000 Jewish students.

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'Euro Jewry needs shift in mindset on security'

By Shirli Sitbon, May 7, 2015

Jewish groups in Europe are realising that they cannot rely solely on the intelligence services, the police or even their own - often threadbare - security organisations for protection.

This was one of the key messages to emerge at the American Jewish Committee's conference on antisemitism, titled "A Defining Moment for Europe", which took place in Brussels on Tuesday.

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Marine Le Pen attacks father over antisemitic remarks

By Orlando Radice, April 9, 2015

The leader of France’s National Front, Marine Le Pen, has disowned her father, Jean-Marie, after he gave interviews in which he minimised the Holocaust and defended Nazi collaborator Marshal Petain.

Ms Le Pen released a statement saying: “Jean-Marie Le Pen seems to be in a total spiral of a strategy somewhere between scorched earth and political suicide.”

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Honour for hero of Paris shoot-out

April 2, 2015

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has awarded a medal to the Muslim shop assistant who hid Jews from a terror attack at the kosher supermarket in Paris in January.

Malian-born Lassana Bathily was given the Medal of Valour at the centre's annual National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last week.

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Claiming back Paris with disco

March 26, 2015

Paris's beleagured Jewish community was given an unexpected lift when Israeli singing star Gad Elbaz took to the city's streets to perform a disco version of Hava Nagila.

The rendition, which featured a klezmer band and dancers, was the singer's response to the terrorist attack on the Hyper Cacher supermarket in which four people were killed.

"We are here to strengthen the Jews of France and

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