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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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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