Tunisian Scouts Movement bars French Jews from interfaith meeting

(JTA) – Organizers of an interfaith meeting in Tunisia among members of the Scout Movement disinvited French Jewish delegates following pressure by promoters of boycotts against Israel.

The two delegates of the International Forum of Jewish Scouts were excluded from the meeting held last week at the resort town of Hammamet for members of the youth movement from around the world. Titled “Interfaith Dialog Ambassadors,” the event brought together 150 participants from 24 countries. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu, in Paris to mark end of WWI, called the war a ‘turning point’ for Zionism

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the end of World War I “a turning point in the history of Zionism.”

Netanyahu was in Paris on Sunday, one of 70 world leaders to mark the end of the Great War. The leaders marched to the foot of the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday morning, arriving there at 11:00 am, the exact moment that the cease-fire took effect on Nov. 11, 1918. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic incidents increased by 69 per cent in France, prime minister says

(JTA) – French Jews said anti-Semitism in their country had become a “daily occurrence” after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe revealed a 69 per cent increase in documented hate crimes targeting that minority.

While figures “had been down for two years, the number of these acts increased by more than 69 per cent in the first nine months of 2018,” Philippe wrote on Facebook. [Read more…]

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French President Emmanuel Macron praises Nazi collaborator, raising Jewish community’s ire

Emmanuel Macron at a news conference at the Elysee palace in Paris, June 12, 2017. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)
Emmanuel Macron at a news conference at the Elysee palace in Paris, June 12, 2017. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron at a news conference at the Elysee palace in Paris, June 12, 2017. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – President Emmanuel Macron of France praised a Nazi collaborator and defended his plan to honour him, sparking the first major disagreement between mainstream French Jewish community leaders and Macron since his election last year.

On Wednesday, Macron called Philippe Petain “a great soldier” in speaking to reporters amid criticism over his intention to pay homage to Petain among other World War I fighters at a ceremony Sunday. The war ended 100 years ago this month. [Read more…]

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French university students accused of ranking Jewish classmates in Facebook group

(JTA) – University students in France listed and ranked Jewish classmates according to their level of affiliation as part of a string of jokes online and on campus featuring anti-Semitic hate speech, an alleged victim of this behaviour said.

The medical student at Paris 13 university, a 19-year-old woman identified only as Rose, filed a complaint with police on Oct. 20, the Europe 1 radio station reported Monday. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic graffiti happens almost daily at French universities, student leader says

(JTA) – Anti-Semitic graffiti are becoming a regular occurrence in French institutions of higher learning, the head of the country’s Jewish student union said following a string of incidents.

Sacha Ghozlan, the president of the Union of Jewish Students of France, wrote this in a statement Wednesday after the discovery of graffiti targeting the dean of a Paris-area medical school. [Read more…]

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Jewish woman says she was threatened with firearm outside her home in Belgium

(JTA) – A Jewish woman whose family has endured months of anti-Semitic intimidation in Belgium said a man pointed a gun at her outside her home.

The woman, identified in the Belgian media only as Nicole, told the SudPresse media group that the incident happened on Oct. 9 outside their home in Marchienne-au-Pont, a suburb of Charleroi, 30 miles south of Brussels, the media group’s report from Friday said. [Read more…]

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Jewish teens assaulted, robbed in anti-Semitic attack in Nice, France

(JTA) – French police arrested four men they said assaulted four Jewish youths in an anti-Semitic assault in Nice, triggered by one of the victims’ wearing a Star of David pendant.

The incident in the southern French city occurred in the city centre at about 2 am on Saturday morning, according to a report by the France3 television station. The four suspects and a fifth teenager, who was not immediately apprehended, assaulted the alleged victims, beating them and causing minor injuries. At least one of the perpetrators also stole a golden chain from one of the victim, the municipality said. [Read more…]

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French imam investigated for incitement over anti-Semitic sermon

(JTA) – Prosecutors in France have launched an investigation for incitement against a senior Muslim cleric from Toulouse who recited anti-Semitic religious passages and predicted Israel’s destruction.

On Tuesday, the Toulouse Prosecutor’s Office opened the probe against Mohamed Tatai, the imam of the newly inaugurated Grand Mosque of Toulouse and the leader of an interfaith dialogue group, the Sud Ouest daily reported. [Read more…]

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