Profile: France's controversial Jewish Defence League

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Characterized in the French press as a dangerous vigilante group, experts say it is disorganized and less militant than its American counterpart.

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Several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators rampaged through the Jewish quarter of this northern suburb of Paris in July, some chanting, “Death to Jews.” As the rioters attacked a funeral home and set fire to a pharmacy, a band of young Jews formed a human shield in front of the city’s main synagogue, brandishing motorcycle helmets as weapons, reports The New York Times.