I am writing this from Paris, where I am participating in the mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. We are here for five days, and will be moving on for five days of meeting in Israel this coming Sunday.
French police have shot and killed one man in Strasbourg and arrested 10 others in a series of raids on suspects in the recent bombing of a kosher supermarket near Paris.
The dead man, Jeremy Louis Sidney, was shot on Saturday afternoon after firing and lightly wounding one of eight police officers who came to arrest him at his apartment, the daily Le Parisien quoted Patrick Poirret of Strasbourg's prosecutor’s office as saying.
An explosion at a kosher grocery shop near Paris, reportedly caused by a grenade, damaged the store and injured a shopper, French police said.
Police have not linked Wednesday afternoon’s attack to the release of caricatures hours earlier by a Paris weekly depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, including one featuring a haredi Orthodox Jew and a religious Muslim.
For a century, the city of Mulhouse, in eastern France, was best known for its role in a sad part of Jewish history. It is the birthplace of Alfred Dreyfus, the assimilated French Jewish soldier who was the victim of anti-Semitism.
This week, the Jewish community of Mulhouse made the news in a better fashion — the Grand Synagogue, damaged in a fire two years ago, was rededicated.
Participants in the ceremony included France’s Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim and Interior Minister Manuel Valls.
Three Jews wearing kippot were attacked on Saturday in the city of Villeurbanne, just outside Lyon in eastern France. Ten men armed with iron rods and hammers perpetrated what the French Interior Ministry has officially classified as an anti-Semitic attack.
Two of the three victims were hospitalized, one with injuries to the head, and the other with neck injuries.
The French police reported that the three victims, aged 19, 21 and 22, had been heading home when they were confronted by a gang of three, apparently Muslim, North Africans, Army Radio reported.
With Sarkozy vulnerable, concern that the anti-Israel far left will gain ground.
French Jews fear that the odds-on favorite to win the French presidential run-off election May 6 will do so by reaching out to the far left, among whom are rabid anti-Israeli activists who favor the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that seeks to delegitimize Israel.
The Jewish community’s favorite candidate, incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, remains behind in the polls after coming in second in a 10-candidate race in the first round of balloting last Sunday.
Al Jazeera said it would not broadcast video footage shot by Mohammed Merah during his attacks on soldiers and on a Jewish school in Toulouse.
"In accordance with Al Jazeera's code of ethics, given the video does not add any information that is not already in the public domain, its news channels will not be broadcasting any of its contents," the network said Tuesday.
Al Jazeera also said it was declining all requests from other media outlets for copies of the footage.