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Social media campaign asks French to wear kippot in solidarity

By Jessica Weinstein, January 13, 2016

Following the suggestion on Tuesday by a leading member of the Jewish community in Marseilles that Jewish men should “remove the kippah during these troubled times”, a social media campaign has been launched calling on all of France to wear kippot in solidarity.


Don’t stop wearing your kippot, French chief rabbi tells Marseille Jews

By Jessica Weinstein, January 13, 2016

Jewish communities in the French city of Marseilles are torn over whether Jews should continue to openly wear kippot in light of ongoing antisemitic attacks in the area.


Pope Francis due to make first visit to Auschwitz

By Rosa Doherty, January 12, 2016

The Pope is due to visit Auschwitz for the first time during a historic visit to Poland later this year.

Pope Francis will tour Poland in the summer and is expected to pay his respects to the victims of the Holocaust.

It had already been announced that the Pope would travel to Krakow in July for World Youth Day.


Jewish politician found stabbed to death in Paris

By JC Reporter, January 12, 2016

The body of a Jewish French politician was found covered in stab wounds in his apartment near Paris on Tuesday.

Alain Ghozland, 73, a Republican councillor in his hometown of Creteil, is believed to have been murdered but police currently have no leads in the investigation.

Mr Ghozland’s body was found on Tuesday morning after he failed to turn up as usual at synagogue.


Ricky Gervais rips into Mel Gibson on stage at Golden Globes

By Jessica Weinstein, January 12, 2016

News that Mel Gibson was to present an award at last weekend’s Golden Globes may have come as a shock to some, but host Ricky Gervais used the event to take a pot shot at the disgraced actor’s antisemitic past.

After the list of presenters was released last week Mr Gervais tweeted: “Mel Gibson is presenting an award at the Golden Globes. Thank you, Jesus.”


We did not fight Nazis for Jews to flee, says Sarkozy

By Orlando Radice, January 11, 2016

Nicolas Sarkozy gave an emotional speech in defence of France’s Jewish community at a dinner in London on Sunday night.

The former French president and current leader of the Republican party told the guests: “It is unacceptable that 70 years after the end of the Holocaust, French Jews are afraid.”


Machete-wielding man attacks Jews outside synagogue in Marseille

By JC Reporter, January 11, 2016

Shul-goers have been attacked in the French city of Marseille.

According to police, teacher Benjamin Amsellem was lightly hurt when a man wielding a machete attacked people leaving a synagogue after morning prayers.

The perpetrator was arrested 10 minutes after the attack and is being held in custody.


Two Palestinians in stabbing attack killed by IDF soldiers

By Rosa Doherty, January 10, 2016

Israeli soldiers have shot dead two Palestinians who were attempting to stab them in an attack at a checkpoint.

The Israel Defence Forces said the soldiers had "thwarted the attack and shot the assailants".

The incident took place at the Bekaot checkpoint in the northern West Bank.

The two Palestinian men, aged 23 and 38, were believed to be from villages south of Jenin.


Israel supporters tell Ayatalloh, Jews living in the Holy Land is will of Allah

By Simon Rocker, January 7, 2016

A group of pro-Israel activists has written to the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatalloh Khamenei asking him to recognise that the Quran upholds the right of the Jewish people to the Holy Land.


Israeli tourists in Cairo shot at in drive-by attack

By JC Reporter, January 7, 2016

Gunmen shot at a group of Israelis in Cairo today, although no casualties have been reported.

The attackers opened fire from a motorcycle as the tourists boarded a bus outside their hotel, located on a road leading to the pyramids.

One shooter was arrested at the scene and security forces surrounded the other attacker in another part of Cairo, said police sources.