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Islamic State sends “A letter to France”: ‘Now the real war begins’

In new video entitled “A letter to France”, Islamic jihadists declare: “The fighters of Islamic State are deployed everywhere and now the real war begins.”

By Erez Linn, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff


France is still in the crosshairs of the Islamic State: In a new video titled “A letter to France” the radical Islamist group warns it has an expansive network of operatives inside Europe working diligently to carry out more terrorist attacks, similar to those perpetrated in Paris in January.
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Man Arrested Before Burning Israeli Flag Outside Paris Kosher Supermarket

Paris police arrest man who tried to burn Israeli flag at the entrance to the Hyper Cacher kosher market, place where 4 Jews were murdered last month by Muslim terrorist.

By Haim Lev


Police in Paris on Monday arrested a 38-year-old man who tried to set fire to an Israeli flag that was placed at the entrance to the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket, where Islamist terrorist Amedy Coulibali murdered four Jews (pictured below) last month .

French police outside the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store – Reuters

According to local police, the man was stopped and detained before he could carry out his plan to burn the flag.
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France to Turn to UNSC with Imposed Solution to Israel-Palestinian Conflict


French President Hollande says a “solution to the conflict” between the Palestinian Arabs & Israelis will be put to the UN Security Council.

By Ben Ariel, Canada


French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that a “solution to the conflict” between the Israelis and Palestinian Arabs will be put to the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

French President Francois Hollande and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Paris – Reuters

Hollande made the comments after meeting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Paris, reported AFP.

“We will have a resolution, to be presented to the Security Council, that will say very clearly what we expect from the (peace) process and what the solution to the conflict must be,” Hollande told reporters in a joint news conference with Abbas. Continue Reading »

PA Chairman Abbas Will Ask France to Recognize ‘State of Palestine’

Ma’an news agency says Mahmoud Abbas wants European countries to recognize ‘Palestine’ before he heads to the UN.

By Gil Ronen


According to Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an, Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas will ask French president Francois Hollande to recognize the “state of Palestine” when Abbas meets Hollande in France Friday. According to the report, Abbas will then ask additional European countries to recognize “Palestine” even before he heads for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

PA foreign minister Riad Al Maliki told Ma’an that “the international situation now is much better than in the past, and there is a better chance that the Palestinian people’s demands will be met.” Continue Reading »

French Lawmaker Blasts His Foreign Minister for Improper Stance on Israel

French MP condemns Western leaders for not recognizing Israel’s crucial position in the world’s battle against Islamic extremism

By Yossi Aloni


In a sharply-worded letter sent late last month, French parliamentarian Meyer Habib (pictured) slammed French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza, even as his boss, President Francois Hollande, struck a far different tone.

French parliamentarian Meyer Habib

Habib noted in his letter that early in the Gaza war the French government “fully identified with Israel and its right to defend its citizens. …We prevented a number of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic demonstrations…in order to change France’s position in regards to Israel.”

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France bans pro-Palestinian protest after violent antisemitic history


Paris bar pro-Palestine, anti-Gaza operation protests after previous demonstration grew violent, with attacks on Jews, their synagogues, and Jewish stores.

By The Associated Press


French authorities are forbidding pro-Palestinian protests in some cities after violence marred a recent march against the violence in Gaza, as Jewish-Muslim tensions in France have reached their highest level in years.


A protester wearing a kaffiyeh and wrapped in a Palestinian flag raises his fist on July 13, 2014 in Paris, where anti-Israel protesters trap hundreds in Paris synagogue – Photo: AFP/ KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

Moderates on both sides called Wednesday for calm, and for a halt to fighting in the Mideast. Continue Reading »

Paris synagogue firebombed as pro-Palestine mob chant ‘death to the Jews’

Anti-Semitic violence rises throughout Western Europe as Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza intensifies.



A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza.

Anti-Israel protest

Demonstrators protesting in Paris to denounce the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, July 11, 2014. – Photo: AFP

The firebomb went off Friday night at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported.

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70 yeas later French town accepts credit for saving over 1,000 Jews

The French village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and its neighbors finally agreed to a memorial for saving over 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

By Moshe Gilad



The tranquility of the place is deceptive. The center of the small town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, in the heart of France, looks almost deserted. Green hills surround the town. Few cars drive down the main street that goes through it. On one side of the street is an old stone building, the church.

The memorial museum in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon.

The memorial museum in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. – Photo: The Le Chambon-sur-Lignon museum

Across the street, on the brick wall of a building, is a sign with a line in Hebrew: “The memory of the righteous shall be everlasting.”

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French court rescinds terrorist of his honorary residency


Montreuil Court vacated the city council of Bagnolet’s declaration making the incarcerated Lebanese terrorist, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, an honorary resident.


A French court nullified an honorary title conferred on the murderer of an Israeli diplomat.

George Ibrahim Abdallah - Photo: France24

George Ibrahim Abdallah – Photo: France24

The administrative court of Montreuil on Thursday nullified the honorary residency that the suburb of Bagnolet conferred on Georges Abdallah, according to a report published on Friday by the Le Figaro daily.

Abdallah, a pro-Palestinian militant, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for his role in the 1982 assassinations of  Yacov Bar-Simantov, a second counsellor at the Israeli embassy in Paris, and Charles Ray, a U.S.

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Jerusalem Started Encouraging Greater French Aliyah

The Ministry of Diaspora Affairs is planning a 3-pronged program to encourage mass aliyah of  French Jews with a focus on jobs, education & housing.

By Tova Dvorin


The Israeli government has been planning a new program to encourage French Jews to make Aliyah, Maariv reports Friday.

The program, which will be implemented over a 3-year period, is intended to help French Jews emigrate to Israel on a large scale – following reports that French Jewry has been leaving en masse due to anti-semitism.

The program will also receive state funding, according to the report.

According to information gathered at the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, tens of thousands of French Jews emigrated in 2013 to London, Canada and the United States. Continue Reading »

French Town Honors Imprisoned Assassin of U.S. & Israeli diplomats

The city council of Bagnolet voted on Wednesday to make the incarcerated Lebanese terrorist, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, an honorary resident.



PARIS — A suburb of the French capital honored a man imprisoned for helping to murder diplomats from Israel and the United States.

George Ibrahim Abdallah - Photo: France24

George Ibrahim Abdallah – Photo: France24

A majority of aldermen in the city council of Bagnolet east of the French capital voted on Wednesday to make the Lebanese citizen Georges Ibrahim Abdallah an honorary resident, calling him a “communist activist” and “political prisoner” who “belongs to the resistance movement of Lebanon, his country,” French media reported Friday.

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French envoy has dinner reception to honor Hezbollah lawmakers


France’s Ambassador’s dinner may be considered in violation of EU sanctions outlawing contact with Hezbollah’s terrorist designated military wing.


BERLIN – Patrick Paoli, France’s Ambassador to Lebanon, hosted a dinner reception in early November for Hezbollah MPs and the political militia’s international affairs representative in which he honored the three Hezbollah members.

Hezbollah members rally in Beirut in Nazi salute - Photo: Reuters

Hezbollah members rally in Beirut in Nazi salute – Photo: Reuters

The Lebanese Daily Star reported the dinner gathering on Thursday. Hezbollah MPs Ali Fayyad and Nawwar Saheli along with international affairs member Ammar Moussawi were honored by Paoli.

It is unclear if the ambassador violated EU sanctions outlawing contact with the military wing of Hezbollah.

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Knesset Speaker declares French president ‘persona non grata’

French president snubs Knesset, opting to appear before university students instead. Knesset Speaker Edelstein responds in kind, won’t invite French dignitaries to ceremonies.

French Embassy reports: President Hollande’s schedule still not final.



French President Francois Hollande is not welcome in the Knesset, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein declared Wednesday.

Hollande speaks during the opening of the Qatari-French Business Forum in Doha June 23, 2013.

Hollande speaks during the opening of the Qatari-French Business Forum in Doha June 23, 2013.- Photo: REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

Hollande decided to speak to university students, not the Knesset, during his visit to Israel in three weeks, and Edelstein responded to the snub in kind.

“Whoever disrespects the Knesset does not deserve the Knesset’s respect,” Edelstein wrote on Facebook.

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With UK Retreat, France Supports U.S. Military Intervention in Syria

U.S. initiative to intervene militarily in Syria was received with French backing following the British parliament’s rejection of UK forces participation in the U.S.-led offensive.

By Ari Soffer


French President Francois Hollande gave a boost Friday to US hopes of forging an international coalition for possible strikes against Syria after British lawmakers rejected any involvement in military action.

UN Chemical weapons experts inspecting site of attack in Syria – Reuters

The White House had signalled Thursday that President Barack Obama, guided by the “best interests” of the United States, was ready to go it alone on Syria after deadly chemical weapons attacks last week.  Continue Reading »

French Jewish immigration to Israel much higher from previous year

Jewish Agency anticipates about 2,500 French Jews immigrating to Israel in 2013, a 40% increase from last year.

The participation of young French Jews coming to Israel for long-term programs is also rising.

By Israel Hayom Staff

Immigration to Israel by French Jews is on the rise, according to data released by the Jewish Agency. The Jewish Agency expects that around 2,500 French Jews will move to Israel in 2013, a 40 percent increase from 2012.

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