French chief rabbi suggests special prayer for terrorist victims on Yom Kippur

(JTA) – France’s chief rabbi asked his congregants to recite a special prayer for victims of terrorism during Yom Kippur, which this year falls on the country’s national day of commemoration for them.

Rabbi Haim Korsia wrote and sent the letter last week to several other rabbis, informing them that this year will be the last that the September 19 National Commemoration for Victims of Terrorism occurs during the Jewish month of Tishrei, in which Jews celebrate the High Holidays and Yom Kippur, the Jewish main day of atonement. [Read more…]

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Teacher who posted ‘racist’ comments about Jews ‘is not anti-Semitic,’ UK review panel says

(JTA) – A government ethics review panel in the United Kingdom said that a teacher who it had suspended for inveighing against Jews and Israel “is not anti-Semitic.”

The assertion came in the summary by the country’s Teaching Regulation Agency of a disciplinary review last month of the actions of Harpreet Singh, 48, who was head of mathematics at Sandye Place Academy in Bedfordshire, 50 miles north of London, the BBC reported Tuesday. [Read more…]

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French city celebrates planned reopening of Europe’s oldest Jewish building

Sublime House, the seat of a 12th-century yeshiva in Rouen,
Sublime House, the seat of a 12th-century yeshiva in Rouen,

Sublime House, the seat of a 12th-century yeshiva in Rouen, France.

(JTA) – Rouen, France will celebrate the renovation and planned reopening to the public of Europe’s oldest known Jewish building with an international symposium.

Next week’s conference titled “Medieval Judaism between Normandy and England” is focused on the Sublime House, the seat of a 12th-century yeshiva in Rouen, 70 miles northwest of Paris. [Read more…]

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French parliament evacuated over white powder sent to Jewish lawmaker

(JTA) – Dozens of firefighters evacuated a part of the building housing the French parliament following the mailing there of a letter containing slurs against a Jewish lawmaker and white powder.

The letter, reading “fat Zionist pig, you’re not French,” among other insults, was opened by an employee of Meyer Habib’s office Monday, the lawmaker wrote on Twitter, leading to the evacuation over the white powder. [Read more…]

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Anti-Zionist graffiti, Palestinian flags placed on French synagogue

(JTA) – Graffiti reading “no to Zionists, no to Israel” was painted on a synagogue in western France.

The vandals behind the action, which was discovered on Saturday at the main Jewish house of worship in the coastal city of Le Havre, 100 miles northwest of Paris, also placed stickers displaying the Palestinian, Lebanese and French flags on the building’s entrance. [Read more…]

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Man accused of beating Paris Jew while praising Allah sent for psychiatric review

(JTA) – For the third time this year, French police sent for psychiatric evaluation a man who displayed violent behaviour toward Jews.

The latest incident occurred on Tuesday in Paris’ 20th district, where a young Arab man hit a 69-year-old Jewish man wearing a kippah, pushed him to the ground and dragged him by his hair while shouting: “Alla hu akbar, long live Hitler, death to the Jews,” the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, wrote in a statement Wednesday. The call in Arabic means “Allah is the greatest.” [Read more…]

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Three who committed Paris-area anti-Semitic rape and robbery get long jail sentences

(JTA) – Three men who committed an anti-Semitic rape and robbery in a Paris suburb were sentenced in a French court.

Two of the men, Abdou Salam Koita, 26, and Ladje Haidara, 23, who committed the rape, were in court in Val-de-Marne, southeast of Paris, on Friday when the sentences were announced. They were sentenced to 8 years and 13 years respectively. [Read more…]

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French anti-Semitism watchdog accuses Muslim leader of incitement

Paris’ Grand Mosque, France, May 2009 (LPLT/Wikimedia Commons)
Paris’ Grand Mosque, France, May 2009 (LPLT/Wikimedia Commons)

Paris’ Grand Mosque, France, May 2009 (LPLT/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – A prominent watchdog group on anti-Semitism in France filed a police complaint against a leading Muslim community leader for alleged incitement to hatred of Jews.

The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, filed the complaint Thursday against Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Great Mosque of Paris and president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, BNVCA said in a statement. [Read more…]

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