France

France Now In Spotlight On UN Statehood Vote

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

12/17/2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

As Online Anti-Semitism Grows, So Do Efforts To Counter It

08/19/2014
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Berlin - It’s been 17 years since Suzette Bronkhorst co-founded the Dutch Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet, but she said she doesn’t remember the level of anti-Semitic speech on social media platforms ever being this high.

Anti-Israel Rioters Torch Cars, Throw Firebomb At Paris-Area Synagogue

07/21/2014
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PARIS — Anti-Israel protesters hurled a firebomb at a synagogue during an unauthorized demonstration in a heavily Jewish suburb of Paris.

France’s New Chief Rabbi Calls For Inclusiveness

06/24/2014
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Paris - France’s newly elected chief rabbi has vowed to pursue a path of inclusiveness and restore the confidence of the country’s half a million Jewish community, badly shaken by anti-Semitic attacks and a recent scandal over religious divorce.

Men, Apparently Armed, Threaten Paris Cops Outside Synagogue

06/16/2014
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Two men pointed what looked like firearms at police stationed outside a Paris synagogue in part of a weekend string of anti-Semitic incidents in and near the French capital.

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