French Jewish leader: Our country’s democracy is in ‘real danger’

Francis Kalifat, left, with presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental in Paris, March 22, 2017. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)
Francis Kalifat, left, with presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental in Paris, March 22, 2017. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Francis Kalifat, left, with presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental in Paris, March 22, 2017. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – There is a “real danger” that France’s democracy will be destroyed by its next president, the leader of the country’s federation of Jewish communities warned ahead of the elections.

Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, sounded the alarm during an interview Friday with the RJC Jewish radio station ahead of the first round Sunday of the presidential elections. [Read more…]

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Holocaust denial leaflets strewn at 2 Australian universities

(JTA) – Leaflets denying the Holocaust were placed on car windshields on two university campuses in Melbourne, Australia.

The leaflets began appearing in recent days at Monash University and the University of Melbourne at the same time of the opening in the city of “Denial,” a movie that portrays the court battle between Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt and Holocaust denier David Irving. [Read more…]

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Fake Bernard Henri-Levy quote on French elections triggers anti-Semitic avalanche online

(JTA) – A satirical article suggesting that the French-Jewish philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy plans to emigrate if a far-left politician is elected president triggered a slew of anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

In the fake interview published last week on the satirical website NordPresse, Levy, one of the country’s best-known celebrities, is quoted as saying, “If Melenchon is elected, I’m leaving France.” [Read more…]

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Chabad rabbi beaten in Ukraine dies of injuries 6 months after attack

(JTA) – A Chabad rabbi who was severely beaten six months ago at a train station in the western Ukrainian city of Zhitomir has died.

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch was 64. He died in Israel where he was airlifted and treated following the attack days after Rosh Hashanah, which he spent in the Ukrainian town of Haditch, the  resting place of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad-Lubavitch. He was robbed of his cell phone and money and beaten at the train station, and was not discovered until hours later, suffering from multiple head injuries and brain trauma. [Read more…]

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Suspect arrested in swastika attack on JCC and church near Washington

(JTA) – Police in Fairfax, Virginia, have arrested and charged a suspect for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti on the city’s Jewish community centre and a nearby church.

Dylan Mahone, 20, was arrested Wednesday at his home based on surveillance video of the incidents, which occurred the previous day, according to a statement by the Fairfax County Police Department. He is also accused of posting anti-Semitic fliers on campus at the Northern Virginia Community College in March. [Read more…]

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Swastikas and other hate graffiti scrawled on JCC and church near Washington

The swastika daubed on the JCC in northern Virginia, April 11, 2017. (Screenshot from NBC Washington)
The swastika daubed on the JCC in northern Virginia, April 11, 2017. (Screenshot from NBC Washington)

The swastika daubed on the JCC in northern Virginia, April 11, 2017. (Screenshot from NBC Washington)

(JTA) – Swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti were daubed on a Jewish community centre and a nearby church in suburban Washington, D.C.

After the vandalism was discovered Tuesday, the Fairfax Country Police opened an investigation into the incidents at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and the Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Virginia. [Read more…]

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Israel condemns Marine Le Pen for denying French responsibility for deporting Jews

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel condemned far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen for saying that her country is not responsible for the deportation of thousands of Jews to death camps in 1942.

“This declaration is contrary to historical truth, as expressed in the statements of successive French presidents who recognized France’s responsibility for the fate of the French Jews who perished in the Holocaust,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued Monday, a day after Le Pen made the statement during an interview in Paris for the RTL network and Le Figaro daily newspaper. [Read more…]

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