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.


Increased security at schools

By Charlotte Oliver, January 15, 2015

Special briefings were part of the reassurance effort at Britain's Jewish schools following the Paris attacks.

The Community Security Trust wrote to parents of every pupil at Jewish schools on Sunday stressing that "security infrastructure, guarding, procedures and rotas" were in place.


Defiant response in shuls and shops

By Simon Rocker and Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

When the Centre for Jewish Life holds its next Friday night dinner for young adults at a smart London hotel at the end of the month, there will be a pause in the flow of wine and chatter. Special tributes will be paid that night to the victims of the kosher supermarket attack in Paris.


Lesson from Paris? We have to fight hatred with all we have

By David Cameron, January 15, 2015

Last weekend I joined the march on the streets of Paris surrounded by placards saying: 'je suis Juif'. In the aftermath of one of the darkest moments in Europe in recent times, people of all ages and backgrounds came together to show solidarity with those who had suffered.


We must preserve our dearest values

By Ed Miliband, January 15, 2015

The appalling terrorist attacks in Paris remind us all too clearly of the threat that terrorism poses to our security, our freedom and our way of life.


Do they know what 'We are Jewish shoppers' means?

By Daniel Finkelstein, January 15, 2015

All week I have been puzzling over something. Why is it, when I see people saying "We are Charlie" it sets my teeth on edge? And why do I find it annoying when people tweet "We are Jewish shoppers now"?


Jason Burke explains why Jews are the most vulnerable targets for such attacks

By Jason Burke, January 15, 2015

In the wake of any attack, the same questions are asked. In the wake of those last week, they are more urgent than ever.

Answering them is crucial to determining the level and nature of what is clearly an ongoing threat.

The first step is to establish what links there may be between the attackers in Paris and international organisations.


The biggest weapon that the terrorists have is fear

By Lawrence Freedman, January 15, 2015

The attacks carried out in Paris last week were neither random nor mindless. They had been planned with some care. Their immediate purposes were clear enough but how they might fit in with any strategy less so. Charlie Hebdo is back with its irreverent pictures of the prophet, and France has declared solidarity with both the magazine and the murdered Jews.


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.


Not afraid? What planet are you on?

By Melanie Phillips, January 15, 2015

Apparently, civilisation is saved! Some 3 million people took to the streets of Paris last Sunday to declare "Je suis Charlie" and that they would fight off the threat to freedom just like the French resistance. "We are not afraid," shouted the crowd.

Oh, but they are. If anyone really thinks the Paris march means Europe is now going to save itself, they are living on a different planet.