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February 11, 2016 / 2 Adar I, 5776

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French Jewish Leaders Debate: Should Marseille Jews Wear A Kippah?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

French Jewish men in the southern city of Marseille are being urged by some community leaders not to wear their yarmulkes in the wake of a terror attack on a Jewish teacher there Monday.

Tzvi Amar, head of the Marseille Israeli Consistoire, told the daily La Provence, “Not wearing the kippah can save lives and nothing is more important. It really hurts to reach that point but I don’t want anyone to die in Marseille because they have a kippah on their head.”

Amar acknowledged that many Jews would not agree with his views, but said he felt “exceptional measures are required “until better days.”

But French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia has firmly countermanded that advice and is urging the Marseille’s Jews — and in fact, those of the entire country — to continue wearing yarmulkas in public.

“We should not give in to anything, we will continue to wear the kippah,” the chief rabbi told the Jews of France.

Likewise, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, general director of the European Jewish Association (EJA) urged French Jews on Tuesday to “remember the words of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.”

In his former position as Interior Minister, Valls had said in response to calls from the far right to ban the kippah in deference to the country’s secular nature: “Every religious has its rites and traditions; the freedom of belief, it’s the freedom to wear a kippah, to eat kosher and to practice religious circumcision… secularism wasn’t created as a weapon against others. The Jews of France can wear with pride their kippah – it’s the responsibility of politicians not to respond to such provocations.”

Margolin reminded, “We now look to the French authorities to consolidate their important commitment with demonstrable actions to safeguard the right of French Jews to wear their identity with pride.”

The attorney for Binyamin Amsalem, stabbed Monday by the machete-wielding teenager in Marseille, had grim words for reporters. “I had the feeling [he] wanted to decapitate me,” Fabrice Labi said his client told him.

Amsalem fought off his attacker with his arms and legs, and a copy of the chumash (Torah) that he was carrying. The terrorist had stabbed Amsalem from behind in the back of the shoulder, and on the hand during the fight.

The 16-year-old teen terrorist later told investigators once he was in custody that when he is released, he intends to arm himself and go out to kill police. He claimed to be “acting for Da’esh” (ISIS).”

Monday’s attack was followed by a second attack on a French Jew, this one in the heavily Jewish Paris suburb of Créteil, about seven miles from the French capital.

The body of 73-year-old Alain Ghozland, a city councilor originally from Algeria, was found Tuesday morning in his apartment, beaten and riddled with stab wounds.

Ghozland’s brother called police when he did not show up for regular shacharit morning prayers at their synagogue. Police said that so far they have no leads in the case.

Lassana Bathily Returns to the Hyper Cacher

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Lassana Bathily, the man who saved the lives of shoppers in France’s “Hyper Cacher” terror attack last year, returned to the Paris shop on January 5, 2016.

He and French President Francois Hollande attended a Tuesday morning commemorative ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in the “Hyper Cacher” supermarket last year.

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Lassana Bathily Hyper Cacher

Lassana Bathily Hyper Cacher

Update: Air France Bomb Scare Was FAKE, AGAIN

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

First, it was suspicious. Then, it was REAL. Now it is FAKE.
There are so many versions of this tale that it is getting hard to keep track.

But the latest word from Air France CEO Frederic Gagey is that the suspected “device” was a faker, made of paper and a timer.

The “bomb scare” on Air France flight 463 Sunday morning was taken by sappers away from Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya to be scrutinized after it was found by a passenger in the lavatory of the plane.

Gagey told reporters that because there was no explosive material in the device, it would not have been detected during pre-flight security checks in Mauritius. Passengers and crew were not at risk, he said.

The device appeared to have been made from a carton, sheets of paper and a kitchen timer, Gagey explained. It was placed behind a mirror in the lavatory. The Air France CEO thanked the crew and Kenyan authorities for the professional manner in which they handled the incident.

It was the fourth such “bomb scare” to strike Air France since the November 13 terrorist massacre in Paris.

The flight set out from Mauritius en route to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris with 459 passengers and 14 crew members.

When the device was discovered, the pilot requested an emergency landing and then brought the plane down very, very slowly, according to one passenger who spoke with the BBC. “The plane just went down slowly, slowly, slowly, so we just realized probably, something was wrong,” he said.

But passengers were told only that the plane was being diverted due to a technical problem.

The Kenya government issued a statement to media at the time saying, “Bomb experts from the Navy and DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) have retrieved the device and are determining whether the components contained explosives.”

Kenyan Interior Ministry cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery said authorities were also checking into the security screening procedures that had been carried out by France and Mauritius. “We are in touch with Mauritius to know how security screening of passengers was done,” he said. “A few passengers are being interrogated.”

“The explosive was carried away to a safe place outside the airport. Bomb experts from the Kenya Navy took the bomb away to safety,” the Kenya Airports Authority said in a Facebook post.

At least six passengers were questioned about the device, a police official told Associated Press on condition of anonymity. One passenger described it as “a stopwatch mounted on a box,” the official said.

New Bomb Scare Diverts Air France Flight En Route to Paris

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

An Air France flight en route to Paris from Mauritania was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Kenya early Sunday morning after a suspicious device was found aboard the aircraft.

All passengers were safely evacuated from the Boeing 777, as bomb sappers rushed aboard to examine the unidentified device, which was found in a lavatory.

Air France Flight 463 was carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members, according to Kenya police spokesperson Charles Owino.

“The pilots requested an emergency landing when a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory,” Owino told reporters.

The flight departed Mauritius at 9 pm for Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris.

The aircraft landed at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya, according to Reuters and other news agencies.

Terror Returns to Paris: Man Screams ‘ISIS’ and Stabs Teacher

Monday, December 14th, 2015

A terrorist who yelled “Daesh,” the Arabic name for the Islamic State (ISIS), stabbed a Paris elementary school teacher in the throat shortly before 7 a.m. Monday.

The teacher was knifed several times and was rushed to a Paris hospital. His condition is unknown at this time, but initial reports are that his life is not in danger.

No children were in school at the time, and the terrorist may have grabbed his weapon, a knife, scissors or box cutter, from inside the school.

The attack occurred in the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint Denis, the same area where ISIS terrorists were living when they carried out multiple massacres in Paris last month.

The Economist reported on Saturday that despite the attention ISIS it is receiving from its high-profile attacks, the terrorist country is losing ground in Iraq and is publishing less content on the Internet due to attacks on its infrastructure.

“[ISIS] is weak and they don’t want you to know it,” Australian TV show host Waleed Aly said recently in a viral video clip.

Air France Flight 83 Diverts Due to Threat

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

An unspecified anonymous threat prompted an Air France flight en route from San Francisco to Paris to divert to Montreal’s Trudeau Airport on Tuesday morning.

The crew aboard Flight AF083 decided to divert ” as a precautionary measure,” according to a statement by the airline. The aircraft landed just before midnight local time in Montreal, with at least 15 fire trucks and police cars waiting on the tarmac.

Passengers disembarked safely “in groups of 50, to be checked individually,” one passenger tweeted, after police first boarded the aircraft to begin investigating with everyone still on the plane.

Canadian authorities spent several hours verifying the aircraft, passengers and baggage and said an investigation into the origin of the threat would be launched.

Passengers told media that they were informed by the crew they were diverted due to “operational reasons.” The airline said they would take “all measures” to send the passengers on to their destinations.

 

France Shuts Down 3 ‘Radical’ Mosques Under Emergency Laws

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The French government has shut down three mosques under emergency laws passed in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist massacre in Paris.

Those laws gave police sweeping new authority until February 2016, despite rights groups and politicians who expressed concerns about reports of police abuses of power.

“Measures to close down mosques on the grounds of radicalization … have never been made by any previous government, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve noted in his briefing with media on Wednesday.

He added that police have carried out 2,235 raids across France since the massacre; 334 weapons were seized, including 24 military-grade assault weapons.

The criticism was dismissed by the Interior Minister, however. “It is terrorism, not the state of emergency, which threatens freedoms,” said Cazeneuve.

The multi-site attack by Da’esh (ISIS) operatives and suicide bombers claimed the lives of 130 victims and wounded 350 others.

One of the mosques that was closed is located in the eastern Paris suburb of Lagny-sur-Marne, according to France 24. During the process, nine people were placed on house arrest. Another 22 were banned from leaving the country.

“Police searches [there] turned up a 9mm caliber pistol, a hidden hard drive, documents and files on jihad and a life insurance policy subscribed in 2012,” Cazeneuve said, according to the RFI news outlet.

“The Council of Ministers will now dissolve these three pseudo-cultural organizations which used clandestine prayer rooms on the premises,” he added. Mosques in Lyon (in central eastern France) and Gennevilliers (near Paris) were also closed on grounds of spreading radicalism as well.

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