Tag: Jews

Belgian Jews repudiate call for gun ownership

Belgian Jewish leaders denounced calls for their governments to issue gun permits to members of their communities this weekend, saying that such efforts could lead to harrowing consequences. Last week, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the Brussels-based head of the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the affiliated Rabbinical Center of Europe, sent a letter to senior officials […]

The idea that Jews feel unsafe is sickening

In a strongly expressed comment piece in this week’s Jewish Chronicle, British Premier David Cameron described how sickened he has been by recent instances of anti-Semitism.   “The idea that the Jewish people once again feels unsafe in Europe is a truly sickening thought that strikes at the heart of everything we stand for,” he […]

Terror threat in Europe shuts down Jewish schools

The only Orthodox Jewish school in the Netherlands was closed on Friday as a precautionary measure after an anti-terrorism raid in Belgium left two suspects dead.   There was no concrete threat against the Cheider School in Amsterdam, Dutch national broadcaster NOS said, citing the school’s Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs. School phones went unanswered Friday morning. […]

Jewish crisis has ‘nothing to do with Israel and the Palestinians’

In a modern synagogue in the capitol on Tuesday, alongside members of Congress, Obama administration officials and hundreds of deeply troubled Jewish Americans, France’s ambassador to the United States apologized for his country’s conduct last week.   “We failed,” Ambassador Gérard Araud told the audience. “We have not done enough. It’s obvious.”   Araud, once […]

‘Aliya should come from love, not fear’

French Jews should move to Israel out of love for their ancestral land and not out of fear, a senior official of the European nation’s central communal umbrella organization told The Jerusalem Post.   When asked about calls for aliya by senior Israeli officials following last week’s terrorist attack at a kosher grocers in Paris, […]

Half of Britain’s Jews Fear Future in Europe

Almost half of British Jewish people fear they have no long-term future in Britain or Europe, according to a new survey cited by AFP.   The poll of 2,230 British Jewish people by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) found that 45 percent feared Jews may have no future in Britain, and 58 percent were concerned […]

First UN assembly on anti-Semitism to be held next week

The UN General Assembly will hold its first-ever special meeting on “the global outbreak of anti-Semitism” on January 22.   Thirty-six countries in cooperation with the Israeli mission petitioned President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa of Uganda to hold the session.   Led by Israel, other signatories on the petition included the US, Canada, […]

French Jewish leader says his people need Israel’s help

leader of the French Jewish community said during a visit to Israel Tuesday that while in the past his community has supported Israel, now they are the ones in need of aid from the Jewish state.   Joël Mergui, president of the Consistoire, the umbrella organization of Jewish congregations in France, was part of a […]

Israel expects 10,000 French Jews to migrate after Paris attacks

Israel is expecting a huge surge in the numbers of French Jews migrating, after last week’s attacks in Paris killed four people at a kosher supermarket.   Since the killings on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the French Jewish community to consider the move – but some have accused him of “opportunism” […]

Rabbi Urges French Jews: Don’t Abandon Your Faith

Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, has sent a condolence letter to rabbis and Jewish community members in France Tuesday, following an Islamist’s rampage on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week.   “Along with the Jewish world, we are horrified to hear about the terrible attack that occurred at a kosher supermarket in […]