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Extremists arrested in France 'planned to target Jews'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 3, 2012

French police may have thwarted a plot to kidnap a Jewish magistrate last week.

According to AFP, the raid on 16 suspected Islamists last week has led investigators to plans to target members of the country's Jewish community.


Extremists arrested in France as Toulouse gunman Merah buried

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2012

Nineteen suspected extremists have been arrested in a crackdown in France as the country reacts to the worst attack on the Jewish community in decades.


Adelson: Newt Gingrich 'at end' of Republican race

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s most important financial backer has suggested that the Republican hopeful has no future in the party’s primary race.


Algeria says no to Toulouse gunman Merah burial

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Algeria has reportedly refused permission for the Islamist gunman Mohammed Merah be buried in the North African country.

Merah, who was of Algerian descent, died last Thursday after a 32-hour stand-off with police. In the weeks leading up to this he killed three French paratroopers and four people – including three children – outside a Jewish school in Toulouse.


Chinese media compares Dalai Lama to Hitler

By Michaela Walters, March 29, 2012

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles has hit out at recent comments posted online by two of China's state-run media outlets which equated Noble Prize-winner the Dalai Lama with Hitler.


German football trip to Auschwitz sparks row

By Toby Axelrod, March 29, 2012

Football fans in Germany are known for their "Auschwitz song", in which they vow to send the opposing team on a train ride to the death camp.

Now, a proposal to send Germany's national team to visit Auschwitz during this summer's Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine has run into opposition, despite the best intentions of Germany's Jewish leadership.

Dieter Graumann, head of the Central


Please come back: Mohamed is looking after the synagogue

By John Pollock, March 29, 2012

In Yefren, high in Libya's Nafusa mountains, a 2000-year-old shul is guarded by Muslims.

It is one of the seven Ghriba - "wondrous" - synagogues of the Maghreb. The most famous, in Djerba, Tunisia, attracts thousands each year to its magnificent 19th century building. By contrast, the tiny ancient Yefren shul is barely visited.


Warning over Toulouse terror

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

v the french school at the centre of last week's terrorist attack has received further threats, including a message that the killing of a rabbi and three children was "just the beginning".

Jean-Paul Amoyelle, head of the Ozar Hatorah network of Jewish schools in France, told newspaper Le Parisien that he feared further assaults after the shooting at its Toulouse school by self-confessed extremi


Facebook crackdown for frum Jewish school pupils

By Michaela Walters, March 28, 2012

Pupils at a New York Orthodox Jewish girls' school have been told to delete their Facebook accounts or face expulsion. The ultimatum was given to girls aged 16 and 17 who attend Beis Rivkah High School .


Jewish child attacked outside Ozer Hatorah school in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

A Jewish boy has been attacked and verbally abused outside his school in Paris, just a week after four people were killed by an Islamist gunman outside a Jewish school in Toulouse.

The boy, 12, was outside a Jewish school in the French capital when teenagers shouting antisemitic chants set on him and hit and punched him. He escaped with only light injuries.