France

When The Terror Hits Home

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

01/13/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

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

Supermarket Victim Recently Returned From Birthright

Yoav Hattab, 21, along with the three others killed, will be buried in Israel.

01/12/2015

Yoav Hattab, one of the victims of last week’s Paris kosher supermarket shooting, recently returned from a Birthright Israel trip.

Yoav Hattab, one of the victims of the shooting at a Paris kosher supermarket, shown on a recent Birthright trip to Israel.

Jewish Cartoonist Georges Wolinski Among 12 Dead In Paris Shooting

01/07/2015

An attack on the Paris headquarters of a French satirical magazine has left at least 12 people dead, including the Jewish caricaturist Georges Wolinski.

Rallying Against French Anti-Semitism

12/30/2014
Staff Writer

The streets of France are becoming increasingly unsafe for Jews, and some French Jews took to the streets one recent day in protest.

Photo By Getty Images

France Now In Spotlight On UN Statehood Vote

Would the U.S. veto a Security Council resolution for Palestinians?

12/17/2014
Staff Writer

All eyes turned to France this week after the Palestinians failed to round up enough votes in the United Nations Security Council for a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state and setting a two-year deadline for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank.

‘Modest Redress’ On French Rail Pact

$60 million for survivors, but ‘work still remains,’ says lawyer for victims.

12/11/2014
Staff Writer

An agreement signed Monday in which France will pay $60 million to Holocaust survivors and heirs to atone for its national railroad’s deportation of Jews to Nazi camps was applauded by Jewish groups but criticized by some for being too restrictive.

The SNCF, which is owned by the French government, transported Jews to the death camps during the Holocaust. Wikipedia Commons

Anti-Semitism Is A Real-life Drama

Living with my French cousin exposed me to the fears of Jews living in France.

11/12/2014

In September I went with my school to protest the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer” at Lincoln Center in New York City. A woman approached me and asked what Klinghoffer had to do with the Met and what our protest was about. I explained to her that in 1985 terrorists hijacked an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, and shot and killed the wheelchair-bound passenger Leon Klinghoffer. The Met’s fall schedule included an opera that the protestors believed romanticized his murder and glorified terrorism.

Parisian Dan Dray with his sister-in-law, Joanna.

Sarkozy Despised For His Jewish Origins, Ex-French FM says

10/15/2014

Bernard Kouchner, a former foreign minister of France, said that ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was widely disliked because of his Jewish origins.

France’s National Front Gaining Among Jews With Tough Stance On Arab Anti-Semitism

09/24/2014

From the window of his Paris home, Michel Ciardi can see into the waiting room of a government welfare agency where a predominantly Arab and African crowd awaits government checks.

The JDL Chai?

The Jewish Defense League, started by Kahane in 1968, has returned to North America.

08/22/2014
Staff Writer

The JDL chai?

Amid a spate of violent anti-Israel protests, young Jews are turning increasingly to militant solutions.

 Members of the Jewish Defense League demonstrate in front of the Percy military hospital in Clamart, France. Getty Images.
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