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French Jewish leader backs Marine Le Pen

By Naomi Firsht, February 24, 2015

A leader of the French Jewish community has publically endorsed National Front leader Marine Le Pen, describing her as “irreproachable”.

Speaking on French radio Europe 1, Roger Cukierman, chairman of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (Crif), praised Ms Le Pen and said that her party was no longer violent.

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Polish Holocaust movie wins the Oscar for best foreign language film

By Charlotte Oliver, February 23, 2015

A Polish film about a nun who discovers she is Jewish and that her parents were killed in the Holocaust has won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, tells the story of Anna, a young nun who finds out she is Jewish just before taking her vows in the 1960s.

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The music went off. We knew something bad was happening

By Stephanie Brickman, February 19, 2015

At midnight on Saturday night, people in the Jewish community building behind Copenhagen's Synagogue were dancing and having fun, celebrating the batmizvah of Hannah Bentow.

At 12.30, a volunteer guard ran in, shouting that the music had to be turned off.

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Deep questions over Danish security

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

The gunman who had sprayed the art café with bullets was still at large.

It was only six hours since he had murdered filmmaker Fin Noorgard, who had been attending a freedom of speech event, and police were still clueless about his whereabouts or the location of his next target.

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Malmo ups security

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 19, 2015

Swedish Jews were in shock after this weekend's shootings in the Danish capital, according to Jehoshua Kaufman, president of the Jewish community in Malmö, southern Sweden.

Malmö is a 20-minute train ride from Copenhagen, and is known for its high number of antisemitic hate crimes.

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Interview: Michael Melchior

By Nathan Jeffay, February 19, 2015

Israel's best-known Danish immigrant has sworn that his shock over Sunday's attack will not deter his dialogue with Muslims.

Former politician Michael Melchior is the father of Denmark's Chief Rabbi, whose pulpit is at the synagogue where the attack took place.

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Second prosecutor revives Amia case against Kirchner

By Jonathan Gilbert, February 19, 2015

Tensions are growing in Argentina between President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and parts of the judiciary as the fallout from the eerie death of a state prosecutor continues to grip the nation.

The prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was found dead with gunshot wounds last month in his flat.

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Hundreds of French graves vandalised

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

Five people aged 15-17 have been taken into custody in eastern France over the defacement of hundreds of Jewish graves.

The youngest came forward after seeing the outrage over the attack, in which more than 300 tombstones in the town of Sarre-Union were desecrated.

France's interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, called the vandalism "a despicable act".

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Elite Islamic school is hate hotbed, says teacher

By Michel Gurfinkiel, February 19, 2015

A teacher has accused his former employer, one of France's top Muslim schools, of being a hotbed of fundamentalism and antisemitism.

Soufiane Zitouni, a prominent Muslim intellectual, has resigned from his post at Averroes Islamic High School in Lille in the wake of the jihadi murders of Jews and political cartoonists in Paris last month, saying that the school fostered extremism.

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Teenagers held after hundreds of gravestones vandalised in France

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

Five people aged 15-17 have been taken into custody in eastern France over the vandalism of hundreds of Jewish graves.

The youngest came forward after seeing the outrage over the attack, in which more than 300 tombstones in the town of Sarre-Union were desecrated.

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