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Two Suspects Arrested in Beating of Jewish Man in Paris Suburb

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

(JTA) — Police arrested two men in the severe beating of a Jewish man in Creteil, a Paris suburb.

It was the second anti-Semitic attack there in the last week, a local Jewish watchdog group said.

In the later attack, on May 30, three men in their 20s hit the Jewish man in his face inside his apartment building, SPCJ, the watchdog and security unit of France’s Jewish communities, wrote in a report of the incident that it released to the media on Sunday. During the attack, the report said, the assailants accused the victim of calling the police on them the previous night.

The victim broke his elbow after the assailants caused him to fall down, the SPCJ report said. The hit to the face injured his nose. The Jewish man, who was not named in the report, said the perpetrators hurled anti-Semitic insults at him during the attack, including “you Jews are all the same” and “dirty Jew.” They also told him that they knew where he and his wife and children lived.

Five days earlier, unidentified men assaulted two Jewish brothers, aged 18 and 21, in Creteil. The attackers used brass knuckles and caused serious but not life-threatening injuries. SPCJ reported that the two Jews were wearing kippahs and are believed to have been targeted because they are Jewish.

The following day, three men were spotted filming the entrance to a Jewish school, Ozar-Hatorah, which is located in the Echat a Creteil district of the southern Parisian suburb, the online edition of the Le Parisien daily reported.

The incidents occurred days after the slaying on May 24 of four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in central Brussels.

On Friday, police in Marseille, France, arrested 29-year-old Mehdi Mennouche, a native of France, on suspicion that he shot the four victims. French police sources said Mennouche had become a radicalized Muslim in prison and then left Europe to fight with jihadists in Syria.

France Lets Terror Suspect Flee

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

French intelligence authorities have apparently let one of the country’s premier terror suspects slip the country.

According to the French-language BFMTV website, Souad Merah, Salafi Muslim and a member of one of France’s premier terror groups, escaped police surveillance as well as the the French Central Directorate of Internal Intelligenc, just a month after her most recent arrest.

Merah is the sister of Mohamed Merah, the Islamist terrorist who killed four Jews, including three children, outside a yeshiva in Toulouse in 2012.

As a fully-veiled Muslim woman, it was not difficult for Merah to leave the country. She is believed to have travelled to Syria with her four children.

According to the European Jewish Press, the DCRI believes that Souad Merah is even more dangerous than her infamous brother.The website described her as “a follower of a rigorous and conquering Islam” and said she has told police that she was proud of her brothers killing spree.

Following her comments, the Bureau National de Vigilance Contre l’Antisemitisme filed a complaint against her for advocating terrorism, but the court ruled that her testimony was invalid because she did not know she was being recorded.

Responding to Merah’s escape, BNVCA leader Sammy Ghozlan called on police ”to act quickly to find and imprison the radical dangerous Islamist who, like several hundred French citizens brainwashed into jihad.

“(These people) are trained to guerrilla and are likely to commit attacks, primarily targeting Jewish people, sites and schools in France,” Ghozlan told the EJP.

Survey: 74% of French Jews Mulling Emigration

Monday, May 19th, 2014

(JTA) — Nearly 75 percent of thousands of French Jews who participated in a recent survey said they are considering emigrating.

The survey, whose results were released Monday by the Paris-based Siona organization of Sephardic French Jews, encompassed 3,833 respondents from the Jewish community of France, Siona said.

Of the 74.2 percent of respondents who said they are considering leaving, 29.9 percent cited anti-Semitism. Another 24.4 cited their desire to “preserve their Judaism,” while 12.4 percent said they were attracted by other countries. “Economic considerations” was cited by 7.5 percent of the respondents.

In total, 95.2 percent of all respondents to the online survey conducted by Siona from April 17 to May 16 said they viewed anti-Semitism as “very worrisome” or “worrisome.”

Slightly more than half, or 57.5 percent, of respondents, said “Jews have no future in France,” while 30.6 percent said there is a future for Jews there.

Asked whether they had personally experienced anti-Semitic incidents in the past two years, 14.5 percent replied in the affirmative but of those, only 21.2 filed a complaint with police. Of the complainants, 27.6 percent indicated that their deposition had led to concrete results.

A similar survey from 2012 showed a quarter of Jews who experienced anti-Semitic incidents filed a complaint, Siona noted in a statement, adding, “The results give cause for concern.”

Ninety-three percent said the French state had no efficient means for countering “Islamic exclusionist and pro-Palestinian propaganda,” whereas 93.4 percent said French mass media are partially responsible for France’s anti-Semitism problem. Roughly three-quarters said French Jewish institutions were helpless to stop anti-Semitism.

A similar number of respondents, 76.3 percent, said they were concerned by “the attack on ritual slaughter and circumcision,” compared to 16.9 who said they were not concerned.

French Jews Set to Mark Record Year for Aliya

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Aliya from France is expected to hit record highs this year as Jews around the country continue to face rampant anti-Semitism. According to statistics released Monday by the Jewish Agency, 1,407 French Jews moved to Israel during the first quarter of 2014, up from just 353 during the same period last year. At current rates, more than 5,000 French Jews could make Aliya by the end of the year, the highest number since Israel declared independence in 1948. According to the European Jewish Press, more than 1000 people have enrolled in Bac Bleu Blanc, an organization that promotes “opportunities for life in Israel” for high school graduates. And thousands of people attended an aliyah fair in Paris last month, where dozens of representatives of Israeli housing projects, businesses and corporations, government agencies, and schools answered questions about immigration to Israel. Jewish life in France has become increasingly difficult in recent years as civil authorities have become increasingly hostile to Israel and have allowed Muslim anti-Semitism to spiral out of control. Anti-Jewish are considered acceptable in many sectors of “polite” French society, and anti-Israel sentiment is widespread, particularly in the media (in one outrageous example, a French television journalist compared the murder of Jewish children in Toulouse to IDF defensive actions against would-be Palestinian terrorists. As a result, anti-Jewish violence in France has skyrocketed. Between 2000 and 2013, the Service de Protection de la Communauté Juive (SPCJ), the Jewish community’s security organization, recorded more than 7,700 anti-Semitic incidents, or more than one per day. A partial list of those incidents includes

  • January 21, 2006 – Paris 12th arrondissement : 17 year old Ilan Halimi was kidnapped by a group called the Gang of Barbarians and tortured for three weeks. He eventually died of his wounds.
  • January 22, 2012 – Montreuil (a tough Paris suburb): A 16-year-old Jewish girl was attacked coming out of the Metro after individuals noticed she was carrying documents marked with Hebrew letters. She received blows to the face, her clothing was slashed with a knife while the aggressors proffered anti-Semitic insults. The victim was left in a state of shock.
  • February 16, 2012 – Paris 19th arrondissement (a relatively poor Paris district inhabited by both Jews and Arabs): A young man was mugged, kicked and punched in the head by four males, who stole his wallet and coat claiming “This is what the Israelis do to the Palestinians.”
  • March 8, 2012 – Montreuil: A minor was attacked by three teenagers, who said they “didn’t like” his kippa and that they did not like Jews. One attacker squirted tear gas in the victim’s face.
  • March 26, 2012 – Paris 13th arrondissement: An 11-year-old wearing tzitzit is hit in the face and called a “dirty Jew” a few meters from the entrance to his school.
  • April 30, 2012 – Marseille: A young Jew was attacked by a group of individuals saying, “We are for Palestine and we don’t like dirty Jews. We’re going to kill you all.” The victim sustained a blow to the head and fell to the sidewalk, where the attackers kicked him repeatedly before stealing the Star of David chain around his neck. He suffered neck wounds, an internal hemorrhage and needed stitches near his eye.

Significantly, Jewish and civil authorities in Paris agree that the actual number of attacks is significantly higher than the official numbers, as a healthy majority of attacks go unreported. The affect of the prevailing winds in France are readily apparent. During a visit to Paris last August, local Jews repeatedly warned this reporter not to wear a kippa away the Rue de Rosier, home to several yeshivot and kosher restaurants. To Parisian Jews, it is an accepted fact that “looking too Jewish” is to invite danger on the Metro, or at other sites around the city.

Rising Anti-Semitism Driving Jews to Israel

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The majority of those who moved to Israel last year came from areas in the former Soviet Union, mostly Ukraine and Russia, according to figures released Tuesday from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

Immigration rose by just two percent, with the arrival of 16,884 new immigrants (olim) — but the lion’s share were from eastern Europe. Of those who were not from the FSU, 17 percent came from France, 13 percent arrived from the United States and eight percent flew in from Ethiopia. 

What a difference a year can make.

This year’s figures are likely to show an increase, given the brewing attempt by Russia to re-swallow Ukraine, and the rapidly rising anti-Semitism in France.

The Jewish Agency released a statement that by the end of March 854 French Jews arrived in Israel – a 312 percent increase over the same period a year earlier.

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Cantor also is warning that Jews are being targeted nearly daily in anti-Semitic incidents. He adds that increasing numbers of Jews are contemplating aliyah as an option – and that most are looking for a way out of Europe.

In Ukraine, the Jewish mayor of Kharkov was shot in the back and critically wounded by unidentified would-be assassins earlier this week. Israeli doctors were sent to the eastern Ukrainian city to attend to Mayor Gennady Kernes; upon seeing the extent of his wounds, it was decided to airlift him to Israel for advanced medical treatment.

 

A third of those polled by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency in 2013 said they avoided wearing religious-appearing clothing and/or symbols due to fears of being identified as Jews. In addition, 23 percent stayed away from Jewish events and venues.

In 2013, Europeans formed the majority of immigrants – 64 percent – followed by those from the Americas and Oceania (21 percent), Africa (9 percent) and Asia (6 percent), according to the CBS report. Immigrants from the Americas – more females than males – settled primarily in the central region, in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Aliyah Up by 14 Percent in First Three Months of 2014

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Aliyah to Israel increased by 14 percent from January to the end of March, with the most impressive numbers coming from Russia and France, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Russia led the aliyah number list with 899 new immigrants, followed by France with 802.

One veteran French immigrant told The Jewish Press that despite the flight to Israel from France, plagued by violent anti-Semitism, there is a far greater exodus of Jews to the United States and Canada.

The third largest source of new immigrants so far this year is the United States, from where 203 arrived, and another 23 came from Canada.

The total number of new immigrants for the first three months of this year is 3,623.

National Front Mayor Evicts Dreyfus-Inspired Anti-Racism Group

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

A French mayor from the far-right National Front party evicted from city-owned offices an anti-racism group inspired by the Dreyfus trial.

Steeve Briois, who was elected last month to run the town of Henin-Beaumont, ordered the Human Rights League, or LDH, to clear out of its workspace last week, LDH President Pierre Tartakowsky told JTA.

The LDH, which was established in 1898 to protest the wrongful and racially motivated conviction for espionage of the French Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus, for years had occupied office space provided free to it and other civil society groups by the municipality, Tartakowsky said.

“We have made no secret of our opposition to racism, anti-Semitism, the extreme right and National Front itself,” he said. “The party knows that targeting us as a human rights group is a symbol; they want to make people afraid.”

In a statement sent Tuesday, Briois wrote, “Municipalities are not allowed to fund organizations that are politicized and partisan.”

The municipality had provided $414 in funding to LDH per year, according to Le Figaro.

National Front, whose honorary president, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has multiple convictions for Holocaust denial and incitement to hatred against Jews and other minorities, has mayors in 11 municipalities following its showing in the March 30 local elections.

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