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


Tears at the tills as Paris store reopens

By Amy Labarriere and Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

Burned-out candles and dead flowers still litter the streets at Porte de Vincennes, ongoing signs of the death and destruction that hit this unremarkable Paris neighbourhood two months ago.


'No Jews' advert appears in paris

February 5, 2015

An advert for a graphic design job in Paris requesting that the candidate was "not a Jew" has sparked uproar.

The ad was posted on Monday by NSL Studio on jobs site

The company apologised after a shocked job-seeker spotted the discriminatory advert and posted it on her Facebook page.


Paris killer filmed his murders

By Shirli Sitbon, February 5, 2015

French police have revealed that Amedy Coulibaly, the jihadi who attacked Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris in January, filmed three of the four murders he committed in the store.

Investigators found footage of the killings on computers that Coulibaly had tried to use to post the video online or send it to a contact.


BBC won't call Paris killers 'terrorists'

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2015

A senior BBC executive has revealed the corporation avoids using the term "terrorist" to describe the Islamists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Tarik Kafala, head of the BBC Arabic Service, said the word was too "loaded" for reporters to use when describing the two men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French magazine in Paris.

But a BBC spokesperson rejected any suggesti


Paris Grande Synagogue: 'We will stay open no matter what'

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

The façade of Paris's Grande Synagogue rises 36 metres into the sky, and with its ornate arches, domed roof and 1,800-seat capacity it is the largest in France. It has been symbolic of the capital's Jewish community since it opened its doors in 1874.


In France, soldiers replace pupils

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

It has been a time of change for Isaac Touitou, headteacher of the Daniel Mayer-Montreuil ORT school. He has lost 30 pupils who have made aliyah to Israel, but in the past fortnight he has gained nine new recruits - soldiers.


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.