Report: Attackers saw off Jewish man’s finger, beat his brother near Paris

(JTA) – Two Jewish brothers said they were abducted briefly and beaten by several men in suburban Paris in an incident that ended with one brother having his finger sawed off by an assailant.

The brothers were hospitalized in what was described as a state of shock following the incident Tuesday night in Bondy. A case report published Thursday by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, based on a police complaint by the alleged victims did not specify their medical condition. [Read more…]

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Judge drops hate crimes charges in rape and robbery of French Jewish couple

(JTA) – French prosecutors omitted any reference to hate crimes from the indictment of four men suspected of rape and robbery at a suburban Paris home they acknowledged was targeted because it belonged to Jews.

The handling judge of inquiry – a magistrate who in France is responsible for conducting the investigative hearing that precedes a criminal trial – decided against including hate crime charges in the 2014 incident in Creteil, the Le Parisien weekly reported Tuesday. [Read more…]

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Le Pen: No more dual nationalities for Israelis, Americans, other non-Europeans

(JTA) – Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, said she favoured making it illegal to be a dual citizen of France and other countries outside Europe – including Israel and the United States.

Le Pen, who according to some polls is the leading candidate in France’s presidential elections in May, spoke about dual French-Israeli nationality in replying to a question Thursday during a 2-hour interview on the France 2 television channel. [Read more…]

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Marine Le Pen: French Jews should sacrifice kippah in struggle against radical Islam

French far right party leader Marine Le Pen and candidate for the 2017 French Presidential elections presenting her New Year’s wishes to the press at her campaign headquarters in Paris, Jan. 4, 2017. (Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)
French far right party leader Marine Le Pen and candidate for the 2017 French Presidential elections presenting her New Year’s wishes to the press at her campaign headquarters in Paris, Jan. 4, 2017. (Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)

French far right party leader Marine Le Pen and candidate for the 2017 French Presidential elections presenting her New Year’s wishes to the press at her campaign headquarters in Paris, Jan. 4, 2017. (Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)

(JTA) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said French Jews should give up wearing kippot as part of the country’s struggle to defeat radical Islam.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 that aired Friday, Le Pen expressed support for banning the wearing of yarmulkes as part of her broader effort to outlaw religious symbols in public, Britain’s Jewish Chronicle reported Sunday. [Read more…]

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Police stop suspected terror attack in Paris near the Louvre

Police on guard after a French soldier shot a knife-wielding man at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, Feb. 3, 2017. (Nicolas Kovarik/IP3/Getty Images)
Police on guard after a French soldier shot a knife-wielding man at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, Feb. 3, 2017. (Nicolas Kovarik/IP3/Getty Images)

Police on guard after a French soldier shot a knife-wielding man at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, Feb. 3, 2017. (Nicolas Kovarik/IP3/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Police foiled a suspected terrorist attack near the Louvre museum in Paris, winning plaudits again for security forces from the president of France’s Jewish umbrella group.

In the incident Friday morning, a soldier shot and seriously wounded a man wielding a machete who shouted “Allah hu akbar” – Arabic for “Allah is the greatest” – while approaching the soldier with the weapon. Paris Police Commissioner Michel Cadot was among the officials who said the alleged assailant shouted about Allah during the incident. [Read more…]

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Socialist primary winner in France had backing of prominent anti-Semites

(JTA) – A left-wing politician in France who was endorsed by the founders of the country’s Anti-Zionist Party handily defeated Prime Minister Manuel Valls in the Socialist presidential primaries.

Benoît Hamon, who supports dramatically expanding welfare payments and has called for his party to support Palestinian causes to increase its appeal to Muslim voters, beat his hard-line challenger Sunday with 58 per cent of the vote in the second and final round of the balloting.  [Read more…]

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Britain prevents EU council’s adoption of Paris peace conference statement

(JTA) – Britain prevented the European Union Foreign Affairs Council from adopting the closing statement from the Paris peace conference.

Britain’s action, reported by Haaretz citing European and Israeli diplomats, comes a day after Britain refused to sign the closing statement at the peace conference in Paris. Britain had sent a low-level diplomat to the conference as an observer to indicate its displeasure with the proceedings. [Read more…]

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French politicians mark two years since terror attack on kosher market

Shoppers outside the Hyper Cacher market near Paris, where four people were murdered in January. The shop reopened on March 15, 2015. (Serge Attal/Flash90)

Shoppers outside the Hyper Cacher market near Paris, where four people were murdered on January 9, 2015. (Serge Attal/Flash90)

(JTA) – French politicians and community leaders marked the two years since an attack on a Paris Jewish supermarket killed four shoppers.

The Jan. 9, 2015 attack at the Hyper Cacher in eastern Paris came two days after terrorists killed 12 at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a day after a police officer was killed by the same Islamist gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, who stormed the market. [Read more…]

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