Tag Archive for French Courts

French High Court rules not to try Muslim man who killed Jewish neighbor

French Supreme Court of Appeals upheld previous rulings that Muslim, Kobili Traore, cannot stand trial for murdering Jewish, Dr. Sarah Halimi, because he was too high on marijuana to be criminally responsible.



(JTA) — Relatives of a Paris woman who was killed by her neighbor while he spewed anti-Semitic slurs and was high on marijuana have lost their final appeal to have the killer tried.

In its decision Wednesday, the Court of Cassation’s Supreme Court of Appeals upheld rulings by lower tribunals that Kobili Traore cannot stand trial in the 2017 killing of Sarah Halimi because he was too high on marijuana to be criminally responsible for his actions. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: 7 more BDS activist lose appeal over racism convictions in French court


Top French court upholds punitive ruling in previous criminal case that BDS is illegal discrimination and protesters bound by earlier hate-crime conviction.



(JTA) A French appeals court upheld the hate-crime convictions of activists who called for a boycott of Israel at a demonstration.

BDS activists protesting (file) – Wikimedia Commons

The ruling delivered last week by the French Cassation Court concerned seven activists whom a criminal appeals court in Caen in southern France slapped with a $1,000 fine each and a conviction for calling for discriminatory acts during the 2010 demonstration outside a supermarket that sold Israeli goods.
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French High Court Ruling: BDS calls for anti-Israel boycott are illegal


#BDSfail: France’s highest appeals court upholds conviction of a dozen anti-Israel activists who had been found guilty of “inciting hate or discrimination” by promoting the boycott of Israel and of Israeli products.
• Meanwhile in the UK, 340 British academics advocate the academic boycott of Israel.

Israel Hayom


France’s highest appeals court affirmed last week that boycott, divestment, and sanctions calls against Israel are a form of illegal hate speech.

A pro-Palestinian supporter during a BDS rally in Paris [Archive] – Photo: Reuters

The Paris-based Court of Cassation’s ruling came in a case in which it denied an appeal filed by a dozen anti-Israel activists who had been convicted of “inciting hate or discrimination” by promoting the boycott of Israel and of Israeli products. Continue Reading »

French court closes investigation into Arafat’s death




French investigating magistrates have decided to drop an inquiry into the death in France of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow alleged he was poisoned, the prosecutors office said on Wednesday.

A lawyer for his widow Suha Arafat, who has argued that his death in 2004 was a political assassination, told Reuters that they would challenge the decision in an appeals court.

Suha and Yasser Arafat.

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After French court ruling, Twitter clamps down on hate-speech & anti-Semitism

After the French court ruled Twitter must remove certain hate-speech & anti-Semitic content, social media companies, like YouTube & Facebook have implemented stricter rules against hate speech.



A little over a year after a French court forced Twitter to remove some anti-Semitic content, experts say the ruling has had a ripple effect, leading other Internet companies to act more aggressively against hate speech in an effort to avoid lawsuits.


The 2013 ruling by the Paris Court of Appeals settled a lawsuit brought the year before by the Union of Jewish Students of France over the hashtag #UnBonJuif, which means “a good Jew” and which was used to index thousands of anti-Semitic comments that violated France’s law against hate speech.

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French courts punish anti-Israel BDS activists in hate crime


About 20 anti-Israel BDS activists have been convicted under the Lellouche law, which has France spearheading the efforts to neutralize the movement through legal means.




When Farida Trichine and 11 of her friends burst into a French supermarket in 2009 and began applying stickers with anti-Israel slogans to vegetables imported from the Jewish state, she expected to be escorted from the store by police.

Farida Trichine (third from right) and fellow BDS activists in Mulhouse, France, September 11, 2010.

Farida Trichine (third from right) and fellow BDS activists in Mulhouse, France, September 11, 2010. – Photo by Collectif Palestine 68, via JTA

What she didn’t expect was to be convicted of inciting racial hatred and slapped with a $650 fine.

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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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SodaStream Wins Lawsuit against French BDS Group


SodaStream victorious in it’s case, is believed to be the 1st Israeli firm to introduce formal court charges against the Palestinian lobby.

By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu


A SodaStream ad in France, where a BDS-linked group has been found guilty of maligning the company.

A SodaStream ad in France, where a BDS-linked group has been found guilty of maligning the company.

A SodaStream ad in France

A French court has ordered a Pro Palestinian Authority group affiliated with the Boycott Israel movement to compensate the company and to stop all activities alleging that SodaStream products are illegally made and sold.

The company, whose Mishor Adumim factory in Israel’s Judean Desert is only one of 20 around the world, sued the Association France Palestine Solidarite (AFPS) in a Paris civil court for activities that the company said included “falsely claiming that the products are ‘illegally sold’ as a result of being manufactured in ‘occupied territories’ while bearing the ‘Made in Israel’ label.” Continue Reading »

Boycott-Israel activists fined by French court for discrimination

This Court of Appeals ruling reversed a 2012 ‘not-guilty’ verdict by the Correctional Tribunal of Mulhouse.



A French court imposed a $1,300 fine on members of an anti-Israel group who called on supermarket shoppers to boycott Israeli products.

Anti-Semitic display (illustrative) - Photo: UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Anti-Semitic display (illustrative) – Photo: UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

The Court of Appeals of Colmar near Strasbourg fined each of the group’s 12 members individually on Wednesday for their participation in a pro-boycott activity in 2009-2010, which the court qualified as “provocation to discrimination.” The court also gave the activists a suspended jail sentence, according to a report by the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities.

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Publisher Fined $10K by French Court for 5 Anti-Semitic books

Publisher of Henry Ford’s “The International Jew” and “The Anthology of Quotes against Jews, Judaism and Zionism” by Paul-Eric Blanrue fined over $10K for “incitement to racial hatred” and “denials of genocide”.




Citing anti-Semitic content, a French court sanctioned a publishing house for five books, including one first printed more than a century ago.

Far Right Winger Paul-Eric Blanrue

Far Right Winger Paul-Eric Blanrue – Sceenshot

The court in Bobigny, near Paris, last week handed down a blanket ban on the publication and dissemination of one book, “The Anthology of Quotes against Jews, Judaism and Zionism” by Paul-Eric Blanrue.

The court said the book contained “incitement to racial hatred” and “denials of genocide,” which are illegal in France.

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Neo-Nazi’s appeal awards him extra year in French jail

The Colmar court of appeals sentenced Nicolas Lecureur, 24, to an additional year in prison Wednesday for desecrating Jewish graves.



A Frenchman who helped desecrate 90 Jewish and Muslim graves had his jail term extended by one year following his failed appeal for a lighter sentence.

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The Colmar Court of Appeal – Photo courtesy: Flickr

The Colmar court of appeals sentenced Nicolas Lecureur, 24, to a year in prison Wednesday for his actions, which he committed in eastern France in 2010 with two accomplices, Jonathan Husser and Matthias Leyer, according to L’Alsace daily.

All three men began serving an 18-month jail term in June 2012, but Lecureur appealed the sentence, claiming to have new evidence that prove his innocence.

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French politician files appeal for overturning libel conviction on al-Dura video

French court in 2008 overturned Karsenty’s original conviction after reviewing the full video footage, but last month France 2 successfully appealed the case.

Karsenty has now filled an appeal to France’s supreme court.




Philippe Karsenty, a French Jewish politician, has appealed to France’s supreme court to overturn his conviction of defamation for accusing a television channel of doctoring a video allegedly showing the death of a Palestinian boy.

Mohammed al-Dura cowering behind his father's back - Screenshot

Mohammed al-Dura cowering behind his father’s back – Screenshot

Karsenty, deputy mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris, was convicted of defamation in 2006 for saying France 2 and its reporter Charles Enderlin had doctored the 2000 video showing the alleged death of Mohammed al-Dura, a 12-year-old boy.

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Dr. David: Here’s How Mohammed al-Dura Really Died

Dr. Yehuda David who won his own Supreme Court case in France, regrets not being part of the latest Al-Dura hoax slander suit, & gives Mohammed al-Dura’s real cause of death.

By Maayana Miskin


The Israeli doctor who won a libel suit victory in the Mohammed al-Dura case regrets that he was unable to help French media analyst Philippe Karsenty to do the same.

Dr. Yehuda David won his case in France’s Supreme Court in 2012 after being accused of libel for revealing that Jamal Al-Dura, Mohammed al-Dura’s father, had lied. Karsenty lost his own Supreme Court case this week, and was convicted of defamation for accusing French state television of deliberately staging the hoax. Continue Reading »