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13 Year-Old Jewish Boy Beaten in Paris

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

A 13 year-old Jewish boy wearing a kippah was attacked and beaten in the 19th district (arrondissement) of Paris this week. The boy was beaten as he left his Jewish school.

The assailants were described as being of African origin. The 19th arrondissement is home to many North African immigrants. One of the attackers allegedly shouted “beat that dirty Jew.”

After the attackers beat the boy, they allegedly stole his phone and ran away.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with head wounds.

France’s National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism (BNVA) condemned the attack and recommended that a formal complaint be filed with French police.

Aliyah from France Soars 25 Percent

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Aliyah to Israel from France has soared 25 percent so far this year, from 4,000 to 5,100, according to figures supplied by French Jewish officials.

A sharp increase in the number of Jews moving to Israel from France also was recorded in 2013 following the escalation of violent anti-Semitism.

This past Januury was particularly bloody for Jews in Paris, where four Jews were murdered in an attack on a kosher deli and a Jewish cartoonist was among 12 victims in the attack on the offices of Charles Hebdo satirical magazine.

Absorption minister estimates that 9,000 Jews will have moved to Israel from France by the end of this year, compared with 7,100 in 2014.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon angered the French government by publicly calling on Jews to “come home.”

The question remains whether Jews elsewhere in the Diaspora will “come home” only when their friends and relatives are being killed.

France Prosecuting 15 Suspected Jihadis for Targeting Jews

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The government of France began its prosecution of 15 suspected terrorists on Monday for planning to carry out jihad (Islamic holy war) attacks against Jews in Paris. France ratcheted up its response to radical Islamic threats and rising anti-Semitism after an exceptionally bloody week of terror this January.

The radical Islamic group to which the accused operatives belong is called Forsane Alizza, or “Knights of Pride.” It was dismantled shortly after the 2012 week-long murder spree in Toulouse by Al Qaeda-linked terrorist Mohamed Merah, who attacked a Jewish day school. Merah murdered a rabbi and three children, as well as several soldiers.

The leader of the group, Mohamed Achamlane, one of those whose trial began this week, was arrested in the western city of Nantes. He and the others are charged with intent to carry out terrorist acts. However, two of the 15 were not present in the courtroom; one was a minor to be tried in juvenile court.

The group’s Internet site “called for an Islamic caliphate in France, the application of Shari’a (ed: Islamic law) and incited Muslims to unite to prepare for civil war,” said Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins at the time of their arrest. Forsane Alizza members received religious indoctrination and physical training in parks and forests around Paris, Molins charged, “in order to take part in a jihad.”

Multiple kosher groceries and the offices of French satiric magazine Charlie Hebdo were listed in a Forsane Alizza computer file named “targets.” Several were, in fact, attacked this past January in a united Al Qaeda-ISIS operation that left 20 people dead, including the three terrorists in the cell.

However, in a letter from his jail cell Achamlane denied having anything to do with the attacks, according to court documents.

Paris Jews Beaten, Hospitalized After More Anti-Semitic Violence

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Anti-Semitic violence is continuing in France, where two Jews were attacked last week in separate incidents that led to both being rushed to hospitals. One was a teen.

Both attacks occurred in the Paris area.

Last Friday four Middle Eastern-appearing attackers ages 17 to 20 attacked a 16-year-old Jewish boy wearing a kippah in central Paris.

The boy was jumped as he left his home, according to a report by the BNVCA – the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism.

A fifth person, also of Middle Eastern appearance, joined the group and urged the attackers to “break” the victim, calling him a “coward.”

An Asian woman who saw what was happening stopped the beating by threatening to call police.

The victim was taken to Rothschild Hospital, where he underwent emergency eye surgery and other treatment for mild to moderate wounds. He later filed a criminal complaint with police.

Earlier in the week, a Jewish mother was assaulted by three African women after she complained about the behavior of children she thought were theirs.

The children hurled a soccer ball at the Jewish woman’s daughter.

According to the BNVCA this incident took place three days prior to the attack in Paris on the Jewish teen, May 13, on a street in Sarcelles – a Paris suburb.

“Hitler didn’t finish the job!” the women shouted, witnesses said. Jews are “a filthy race,” they continued. “You need some more beatings.”

The beating she got was severe enough to hospitalize the woman, identified in the BNVCA report as L.D. She also filed a criminal complaint with police who were called to the scene.

The northern suburb of Paris has been the scene of other attacks as well, and is home to some 60,000 Jews. Muslim immigrants from Africa and the Middle East also make their home in Sarcelles.

Earlier this year, in January, terrorists from Al Qaeda and Da’esh – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – carried out a series of attacks in Paris. A number were aimed specifically at Jews, according to a “hit list” later recovered by police.

French President Francois Hollande vowed to protect Jews in his nation from such violence after those attacks. During a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation from the Auschwitz Nazi death camp, Hollande told French Jews: “Your place is here, France is your country.

Hollande was good to his word: Some 10,000 French military personnel were deployed around the country following the wave of terror attacks that struck the nation on January 7, 8 and 9. Subsequently, a number of French troops were faced with death threats as a result.

“Hitler Didn’t Finish the Job” – Jewish Mother Assaulted in France

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Published in European Jewish Press

PARIS (EJP)— The National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA), a watchdog monitoring anti-Semitic incidents in France, has condemned a violent anti-Semitic assault against a Jewish woman last Wednesday in Sarcelles, a Paris suburb.

The incident occurred around 6 pm when the Jewish woman and her child were sitting on a bench next to the children of three young women of African origin who were playing with a ball.

The ball then struck the Jewish boy’s head.

The Jewish woman identified only by the initials L.D reminded the children that ball games are not allowed on the site as the signage indicated.

A fight then broke out between the mother and the three young women who violently assaulted her and shouted “Hitler did not finish his work” and “you’re a dirty race”, the watchdog group said.

The victim filed a complaint with local police shortly after the assault.

Because the attack was so violent, it was recommended that the woman take a 15-day furlough from work to recuperate, said the BNVCA.

Sarcelles has a large Jewish community. Last summer, violent attacks against local synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses took place in the midst of Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza.

“We demand that the police investigation clarifies the facts and that the justice punishes severely any anti-Semitic violence,” said the BNCA who decided to support the victim and and file a complaint. The BNVCA noted that more and more often a banal incident degenerates into an anti-Semitic attack. “Anti-Jewish speech as anti-Jewish acts have been liberated in particular among citizens belonging to communities who suffered from racism or discrimination,” said the BNCVA, urging the authorities to make a distinction between anti-Semitism and racism.

BDS-Linked Mob of 40 Hoodlums Attack 2 Jews in Paris

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Two young Jews were assaulted Friday afternoon on the street in Paris by a mob of about 40 people, an organization monitoring anti-Semitism in France reported.

The attack against the two young men, aged around 21, occurred on Boulevard Voltaire. The two young men were slightly injured, said the National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA).

Police have launched an investigation into the incident and warned local Jewish businesses owners to be extra vigilant.

Sammy Ghozlan, president of BNVCA, denounced the attack against the two young men who were recognized as belonging to the Jewish community.

The BNVCA alerted police, who immediately sent forces to prevent an escalation of violence.

The gang of attackers was associated with anti-Israel groups Gaza Firm and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

Witnesses on the scene said members of the Jewish community volunteered to watch over the many local Jewish businesses on Boulevard Voltaire.

In 2006, 23-year-old Ilan Halimi was kidnapped from a cell phone store on the same Boulevard Voltaire, tortured and ultimately killed by a gang.

Friday’s attack marks the latest in a growing anti-Semitic trend in France and Europe as a whole. Last January, an Islamist terrorist took hostages in a kosher supermarket in Paris and killed four Jews. Just a few weeks later, a security guard was killed in Copenhagen when a lone gunman opened fire in front of the city’s Great Synagogue.

This article was written by the European Jewish Press.

HyperCacher Reopens [video]

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

The Paris HyperCacher kosher supermarket where Yoav Hattab, the son of the Chief Rabbi of Tunis, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada were murdered by Islamic terrorist Amedy Coulibaly on January 9, 2014 reopened today for the first time since the attack.

The store which was completely renovated, reopened with new staff.

France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was present for the reopening.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hypercacher-reopens/2015/03/15/

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