Tag: France

French Supermarket Removes Israeli Produce Following Complaint Over Gaza

(JTA) — A French-Jewish watchdog on anti-Semitism has called for a boycott of a supermarket where employees were seen removing Israeli produce at the request of a shopper who complained citing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and violence in Gaza.

The Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, also said in a statement Monday that it had complained to police about the incident, which was filmed last month at the store of the Carrefour chain in the Parisian suburb of Chambourcy.

Selling dates from the brand Sun on Ramadan “is an affront to Muslim shoppers,” a man rapidly speaking…

French-Muslim Website Posts ‘Hit List’ of Famous Jews

The Synagogue Neuilly-sur-Seine is one of the oldest synagogues in suburban Paris. (Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) — A French-Muslim news outlet and a prominent anti-colonialism activist published on Twitter alleged hit lists featuring Jewish groups and individuals.

The activist, Sihame Assbague, posted the first list of eight items last week. It included the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities; the Socialist Jewish politician Julien Dray; former Prime Minister Manuel Valls — a supporter of Israel whose ex-wife and children…

Posters Show French President Wearing Nazi Uniform and Israeli Flag

(JTA) — Left-wing protesters against French President Emmanuel Macron paraded in Paris with a poster of him wearing a Nazi uniform and an Israeli flag — prompting legal action by a watchdog on anti-Semitism.

In the poster carried Friday by protesters against the centrist leader’s economic reform, he was wearing a black uniform emblazoned with his initials and two dollars signs instead of the SS symbol of the elite Nazi unit known by that acronym. The flag featured on the figure’s right-hand upper arm.

The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, complained to police that the poster was…

French director Jean-Luc Godard among dozens of film professionals to boycott Israel cinema event

The French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard joined dozens of other film-industry professionals from France who vowed to boycott an event celebrating Israeli cinema.

Godard, a pioneer of the 1960s New Wave cinema and an avowed Marxist who has fought accusations of anti-Semitism, added his name to a May 4 petition calling for a boycott of the France-Israel Season event by the Institut Francais. The state-run organization for furthering French culture abroad scheduled next month’s event in cooperation with Israeli government officials.

“Posing as an event for cultural exchange,” the petition reads, “this effort is meant to boost Israeli reparation, tarnished by its…

French imams say they are ready to help counter Muslim extremism

Thirty imams in France signed an open letter calling on their colleagues to help counter Muslim extremism.

The letter, which appeared in the daily LeMonde, expressed “compassion for all our fellow citizens who have been directly or indirectly affected by terrorism and by the anti-Semitic crimes that have blindly struck our country.”

It added that the imams are “suffering from the confiscation of our religion by criminals.”

The letter was in response to a manifesto published on Sunday in LeParisien, the largest circulation newspaper in France, signed by 300 politicians, intellectuals and artists denouncing the “new anti-Semitism in France”…