Hundreds of French intellectuals and stars sign manifesto against ‘the new anti-Semitism’ in France

Jews at a march in Paris for Mireille Knoll, March 28, 2018. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

(JTA) – More than 300 French signatories, including former prime ministers and other elected officials, intellectuals and artists, signed a manifesto denouncing the “new anti-Semitism” in France.

The manifesto published Sunday in Le Parisien, the largest circulation newspaper in France, comes after the murder of several Jewish people at the hands of Muslims, one of the most recent being the murder of 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll in her Paris apartment. [Read more…]

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Jewish boy, 8, beaten in Paris suburb in anti-Semitic attack

Police officers in Sarcelles, France, in November 2017. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers in Sarcelles, France, in November 2017. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Police officers in Sarcelles, France, in November 2017. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Two teenagers beat an eight-year-old Jewish boy in suburban Paris in what French prosecutors are calling an anti-Semitic attack.

The boy was wearing a kippah while walking to a tutor on Tuesday afternoon in Sarcelles when the assailants, about 15 years old, knocked him to the ground and beat him, the French news agency AFP reported. [Read more…]

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French broadcaster blasted for prime-time Holocaust joke

Belgian comedienne Laura Laune. (Facebook)
Belgian comedienne Laura Laune. (Facebook)

Belgian comedienne Laura Laune. (Facebook)

(JTA) – A public broadcaster in France is being criticized for airing a Belgian comedienne’s joke about the Holocaust.

France 2 aired the joke by Laura Laune, 31, on Friday in its 8 pm news journal. A winner of the 2017 season of the French version of “America’s Got Talent,” she was seen saying on stage: “What do sneakers and Jews have in common? They’re more common in 39 than in 45.” [Read more…]

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French Jewish group demands action following rash of anti-Semitic attacks

(JTA) – Citing a “dangerous atmosphere” in France due to a rise in recent weeks in anti-Semitic attacks, the federation of the country’s Jewish communities demanded authorities take tough action to stop it.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, made the appeal Tuesday in a statement following threats to burn down a Jewish community centre in the Paris suburb of Saint-Maur. [Read more…]

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Girl’s face cut near Paris in suspected anti-Semitic assault

(JTA) – Days after the suspected torching of two kosher shops near Paris, a Jewish teenager had her faced slashed by an unidentified assailant on a street in the suburb of Sarcelles.

François Pupponi, a lawmaker in the lower house of France’s parliament and a former mayor of Sarcelles, on Friday called the assault Wednesday on the 15-year-old alleged victim, who complained to police, “a heinous anti-Semitic attack.” [Read more…]

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French Jews protest release of Lebanese-Canadian synagogue bombing suspect

(JTA) – French Jews protested the release of a man who was extradited from Canada on suspicion that he was involved in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, said on Friday that it was “indignant” about the release of Hassan Diab, a Lebanese-Canadian academic accused in the 1980 bombing of the synagogue on Copernic Street, which killed four people. Diab has denied any connection to the act, which Israel and other Western countries believe was the work of terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Earlier this week a judge said the prosecution did not have enough “convincing” evidence on Diab and released him. [Read more…]

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French publishing house suspends printing of WWII-era anti-Semitic essays

(JTA) – A French publishing house that had resisted calls to drop publication of a famous author’s anti-Semitic screeds announced that it suspended the project.

Editions Gallimard announced Thursday the suspension of its plan to publish three Holocaust-era  essays by the author Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, also known as Céline, the French news agency Agence France-Presse reported. [Read more…]

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