Knife-wielding motorist in France suspected of threatening to ‘kill the Jew’ in front of his family

(JTA) – A motorist with a knife threatened to “kill the Jew” after nearly hitting the man and his family in Cannes, according to a French anti-Semitism watchdog.

The victim, identified by the Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism as B. Olivier, said the suspect assaulted him on Thursday morning while he was trying to cross a road with his wife and baby in the southern French city, the watchdog known as BNVCA said in a report Monday on the incident. Olivier reportedly said the man, who appeared to be of European heritage, failed to stop his car at the pedestrian crossing. [Read more…]


French Jews call for extradition of Palestinians accused of terror attack 35 years ago

(JTA) – On the 35th anniversary of a deadly attack on a Paris kosher restaurant, French Jews called for the extradition of three Palestinians suspected of carrying out the terrorist attack.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities and organizations, issued a statement on the matter on Wednesday, August 9, the date in 1982 when six people were murdered and 22 injured on Rosiers Street in Paris in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in France after World War II. [Read more…]


French memorial to young victims of the Holocaust vandalized

(JTA) – A French memorial to young victims of the Holocaust was vandalized.

The memorial, a plaque in Lyon bearing the names of 44 children and seven adults who were deported in 1944 from the Children’s Home of Izieu in eastern France, was knocked off its base in a public garden and smashed. Most of the children were killed in Auschwitz. Only one of their teachers, who were deported with them following a raid on the home by the Lyon Gestapo, survived the Holocaust. [Read more…]


French university may have remains of Holocaust victims, scholars say

(JTA) – The University of Strasbourg in France may be holding the remains of Holocaust victims in its collection of anatomical specimens, an international team of researchers said.

The team of historians and specialists, including from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, made the assertion at a news conference earlier this month at the French institution. It was the conclusion of two years of research following the discovery and burial of remains of murdered Jews that had been brought to Strasbourg when it was under Nazi occupation. [Read more…]


French justice minister won’t act on Halimi ‘cover up’ trial

(JTA) – Citing the constitutional principle of separation of powers, France’s justice minister said she would not intervene in the trial of a killer whom French Jews said should be charged with a hate crime.

The minister, Nicole Belloubet, said this at the beginning of a meeting she had with the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, Francis Kalifat and two of his deputies, CRIF said in a statement. The meeting was about the April 4 slaying of Sarah Halimi, a physician an teacher in her sixties. A neighbour, Kobili Traore, hit her and threw her out of the window of her third-story apartment in Paris. [Read more…]


French Jews fume over omission of hate crime from indictment of Jewish woman’s killer

PARIS (JTA) – Leaders of French Jewry strongly criticized the absence of a mention of hate crime in the indictment of a Paris man who killed his Jewish neighbour while shouting about Allah.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish community, used uncharacteristically harsh language in criticizing the indictment for murder filed by prosecutors Wednesday against Kobili Traore, who confessed to killing 66-year-old Sarah Halimi on April 4 and throwing her dying body from the third-story window of her apartment. [Read more…]