France

Explosives Lab Used To Bomb Kosher Store Found

French police found lab of "jihadist cell" after interrogating 12 suspects

10/10/2012

French police found an explosives lab that they say was used by a "jihadist cell" in the bombing of a kosher store near Paris.

Francois Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said at a news conference Wednesday that the firearms and “all the elements necessary to produce explosive devices” were discovered the previous day at a parking lot in the eastern Paris suburb of Torcy.

French police found the cache after interrogating 12 suspects arrested over the weekend in various French cities, predominantly in Cannes and Paris, he added.

Hollande Tells French Jews ‘France Is Your Country’

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Betting On France

01/27/2015
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Three weeks ago, my wife and I were shopping in a Parisian kosher butcher store several miles west of the supermarket where four Jews were murdered on Jan. 9. The shop in our neighborhood was well patronized, with lines stretching out to the sidewalk before Shabbat.

Richard H. Weisberg

Bibi’s Paris Trip Continues To Reverberate

The prime minister should have remembered the lessons of the shiva call.

01/20/2015
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Imagine that Bibi Netanyahu had stayed away from the Paris march, as much of the world seems to have wished?

The story of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s participation in the recent solidarity march in Paris refuses to die.

Man Smashes Window, Makes Threat At Jewish Bookstore In France

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An unidentified man smashed a window at a Jewish bookstore near Lyon and shouted an anti-Semitic threat.

A Delicate Dance Over French Aliyah

Israeli leaders’ comments spark debate.

01/14/2015
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Tel Aviv — None were Israeli citizens, but they were all laid to rest in Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon.

Friends and relatives seen mourning Tuesday at the funeral ceremony in Jerusalem for the four Jewish victims in Paris. Flash90

When The Terror Hits Home

Niece of kosher supermarket victim reflects on the City of Light, hit by darkness.

01/13/2015
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Last Saturday night, a day after the terror attacks in Paris, my father called to say that my uncle, Philippe Braham, was killed as he was checking out at the Hyper Cache kosher supermarket, just before Shabbos. He was murdered in a neighborhood I know well, Porte de Vincennes, a few minutes away from my high school, and a mere 10-minute ride from my childhood home. He was one of mine, a relative, but together with all the other victims of the horrific crimes last week, he was also one of ours.

Philippe, who was 45 when he was killed last Friday, was anyone who has ever run into a grocery store with plans to run back out in a few minutes, just as the cartoonists killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack were anyone who has ever exercised their right to speak their mind. We fought for these rights in Europe and in the United States, first for some, then for all, regardless of opinion, religion, race or gender.

History books say that we won the battle. Yet, while the Jewish community in France was shocked and shaken by the events on Friday, we were also aware of a lengthy history of targeted violence.

I remember when everyday life in France began to change.

Mouchka Heller and her uncle, Philippe Braham, who was killed at a kosher market on Jan. 6. Courtesy of Mouchka Heller/Getty
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