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Paradise Lost -- Twice

Juliana Maio | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion
Juliana Maio

Over the past 15 years, I gradually started to hear growing dissatisfaction from my [Jewish] French relatives about their lives there. The youngest were the first to complain. One of them had been roughed up on the metro and her Star of David ripped from her neck.

President Hollande To France's Jews: 'Your Place Is Here'

Reuters | Julien Ponthus | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

* French president responds to Netanyahu's comments * Speaking on anniversary of Auschwitz liberation * Says "France wil...

France's Jewish Migrants Face Challenge Of Life In Israel

Reuters | Luke Baker | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM, Jan 27 (Reuters) - At a busy supermarket in Jerusalem a smartly dressed woman, recently arrived in Israel, was stopping shoppers to ask i...

Calling Radical Islam What It Is

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

That starts with saying that Islam and Muslims are not the enemy, they are part of the solution. We need to emphasize and acknowledge that there is prejudice against Muslims because of recent events and to emphatically oppose it. But we also must not hesitate to point out that those who suffer the most from radical Islam are Muslims themselves.

Jew Inside

Gerald Sindell | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Gerald Sindell

Here's a simple idea to protect the Jews of France: every school shows a sign that proclaims: Jews Inside! Every retail store puts up a bronze plaque that proclaims the same. And so on for salons, high speed trains, even police cars. The masthead of every newspaper proclaims, "Produced by Jews."

How Netanyahu's Policies Are Fueling Anti-Semitism

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is one thing to travel to France and demonstrate solidarity with the French people after the horrific execution of 12 journalists at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo; it is an entirely different matter to use the occasion to call on French Jews to immigrate to Israel to avoid anti-Semitism and "live secure and peaceful lives."

How to Defeat Meme of Fear

David Brin | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
David Brin

This is not about Islam or Christianity or Judaism or even capitalism versus communitarianism, but their angriest and most vehement branches. If our enlightenment "wins," there will be Islam in the future and everything else. But the fuming tenor of zero-sum machismo will be gone. Those who today preach hatred will live, but not their hate. Moreover, they know this. And because hatred is addictive, like a drug, that is the wellspring of their fury.

European Jews Haven't Felt This Threatened Since World War II, Experts Say

AP | COLLEEN BARRY and ARON HELLER | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

MILAN (AP) — The killing of four French Jews at a kosher market in last week's terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris has deepened the fears ...

French Jewish Emigration To Israel Expected To Rise

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

Israel expects the number of French Jews moving there this year, which was already predicted to rise sharply from 2014's record level, to accelerate...

France's Jews On High Alert

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion

A siege at a kosher market in Paris left several people dead including the gunman on Friday, causing many French Jews to be on heightened alert in the...

#JeSuisJuif: Twitter Stands In Solidarity With Paris Jews

HuffPost UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion

A hashtag expressing solidarity for the Jewish population of France is gathering traction on Twitter. #JeSuisJuif began trending shortly after it ...

What Is the Future for France's Jews?

Eric Keslassy | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
Eric Keslassy

Battered by hatred, French Jews are getting scared. Promises to emigrate abroad (including, but not only, to Israel) have increased significantly. Is leaving the only solution for the Jews of France?

Anti-Semitism in France: Facing Reality

Dominique Reynié | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Dominique Reynié

Anti-semitism is again showing its violent face. In France, Jewish community leaders and concerned politicians had to work hard to get the reality of anti-semitic violence recognized. But today, the warning signals are on everywhere in Europe. To simply admit the problem is not enough anymore.

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Hundreds of French Jews Immigrate To Israel During Gaza Offensive | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

JERUSALEM -- Undeterred by the relentless rounds of cross-border hostilities between Israel and Hamas, hundreds of French Jewish immigrants gleefully ...

Violent Attackers Mark Jewish Teacher With Swastika

Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion

A Jewish teacher in Paris was subjected to a violent attack on Thursday night, according to a report by the Bureau for National Vigilance Against Anti...

French Jews Bet On Israel

Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion

PARIS (RNS) By any standard, David Tibi is a French success story. The 44-year-old dentist and father of five has a thriving practice and a house i...

French Jews Face Uncertain Future After Scandal

Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion

By Elizabeth Bryant Religion News Service PARIS (RNS) Amid a finance scandal that touched the heart of France's Socialist government, a quieter d...

Court Sides With Jewish Group Against Twitter

AP | Posted 01.24.2013 | Religion

PARIS -- A French court has sided with a Jewish group seeking to identify authors of anti-Semitic messages that circulated the social network Twitter ...

Fearing Fear Itself

Marian Salzman | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Marian Salzman

In this election year, I've been on fear watch. Folks are fearful of everything from 2012 theories to GMOs to student loans taking over as the number one source of pain for college grads everywhere.

French 'Jew Or Not Jew' App Banned, But Anti-Semitism Remains

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

France has a problem with growing anti-Semitism, to be sure, and not only will this ban not solve it, it may contribute to the worsening of the problem.

Sephardic Film Festival: From Spanish Expulsion to Vidal Sassoon

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

New York's annual Sephardic Film Festival is always a tasty treat. First and foremost, it provides us with a cinematic kaleidoscope of the destinies ...

France: Impressions of a Passer-By

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dorian de Wind

I am not a French history expert or a Francophile. I am merely commenting on how a brief visit to France, a few conversations, and visiting some "concrete examples" of French gratitude and respect have altered my perceptions -- perhaps misconceptions -- of the French people and of their recent history.