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The Paris suburbs where Jews no longer feel safe

By Sarah Smaïl (Bondy Blog Pour Mediapart)
Rabbi Haim Lumbroso with Pierrefitte mayor Michel Fourcade during Hanukah celebrations. © Sarah Smaïl/Bondy Blog Rabbi Haim Lumbroso with Pierrefitte mayor Michel Fourcade during Hanukah celebrations. © Sarah Smaïl/Bondy Blog

In November, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced that over the first nine months of this year there had been a 69% increase in reported anti-Semitic attacks in the country compared with the same period in 2017. Some urban areas are witnessing a desertification of once significant Jewish communities, and notably in the socially deprived Paris suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis, with a relatively large Muslim population, where synagogues are closing down as increasing numbers of Jews are moving out amid religious tensions and fears of insecurity. Others, meanwhile, and notably religious and community leaders, are locally active in attempting to fight anti-Semitism through dialogue and education. Sarah Smaïl, from Mediapart’s online partner Bondy Blog, reports from Seine-Saint-Denis.

How the murders of two elderly Jewish women shook France

Two killings in Paris, one year apart, have inflamed the bitter French debate over antisemitism, race and religion.

The hate crimes stoking Jew-Muslim tensions in France

What the French interior ministry calls a 'proccupying' rise in anti-Semitic acts since 2016 appears to be prompting a flight of Jews from some areas around Paris with a predominently Muslim population, while Muslim representatives say talk of a 'new anti-Semitism' is a nonsense that ignores Islamophobia among Jewish communities. 

Le Pen says France not responsible for 1942 round-up of Jews

Far-right candidate says it was 'people in power at time not France' who were responsible for round-up of more than 13,000 Jews in 1942.

Around 5,000 Jews quit France for Israel in 2016

Figures continue a trend that has seen tens of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting France's Jewish community.

Remains of Jewish victims of Nazi scientist found at French forensic school

The body parts were from Jews gassed for wartime experiments in the Strasbourg school by notorious Nazi anatomy researcher August Hirt.

President Hollande visits gas chamber to honour Jews

President urged vigilance against resurgent anti-Semitism as he visited Natzweiler-Struthof, the only Nazi concentration camp on French soil.

 

France's Le Pen angry at father for defending 'gas chamber' comment

'I deeply disagree with him' says far-right leader Marine Le Pen after her father Jean-Marie repeats view that gas chambers are 'detail' of history.

Muslims leave France for ‘UAE dream’

Growing number of French Muslims are heading to United Arab Emirates and elsewhere in Middle East to escape 'discrimination and stigmatisation'.

Inside the Jewish community in Tunisia: family of Paris shooting victim speak out

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Veillée en hommage à Yoav Hattab, Tunis, samedi 17 janvier.  © Reuters Veillée en hommage à Yoav Hattab, Tunis, samedi 17 janvier. © Reuters

One of the victims of the kosher supermarket shootings during the Paris attacks in January was Yoav Hattab, a 21-year-old Jew from Tunisia. His family are part of a Jewish community whose roots in the North African country go back many centuries but which has seen its numbers fall dramatically over the last 50 years. The dead man's elder brother, Avishay Hattab, has spoken at length to Mediapart's Pierre Puchot about how the family learnt of Yoav's death, at their dismay at the lack of official Tunisian government recognition of his murder, and of the difficulties in belonging to one of the last Jewish communities in the Arab world. Meanwhile an association that supports local minorities talks about the need to combat the “hatred” aimed at Jews in Tunisia. But Avishay Hattab says he is “proud” of being Tunisian and insists he has no intention of leaving a country his family has lived in for countless generations.

French Muslim group boycotts Jewish event over 'criminals' quip

Snub came after comments by the head of the French Jewish organisation CRIF that 'all violence today is committed by young Muslims'.

Paris Jews urged to move to town in central France to escape anti-Semitism

The head of the Jewish Consistoire in Limoges says his 'warm and lovely community' is better choice than Israel for Paris Jews fleeing anti-Semitism.

French president, PM appeal to Jews to remain in France

Jews 'have their place in France' said François Hollande, while PM Manuel Valls told French Jews 'France does not want you to leave'.

'No Jew in France is safe any more'

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In the wake of the terrorist acts earlier this month that left 17 people dead, including four Jews at a kosher supermarket in Paris, and after the extraordinary public marches that followed them, Mediapart met with five key Jewish figures in France. They are all past or present heads of the influential Jewish students organisation the Union des étudiants juifs de France and spoke frankly about their views on the rise in anti-Semitism in France, their dismay at the “indifference” of many French people to previous attacks on Jews in the country, and their pride at the mass demonstrations of January 11th. Carine Fouteau reports.

‘France is your homeland’, Hollande tells French Jews

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the French president also announced tough new measures to combat anti-Semitism.