Brief: Paris mayor to light Hanukka candle

December 15, 2014 13:49

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will light the third Hanukka candle during a public ceremony organized by the Women's International Zionist Organization on Thursday and the city’s municipality will host an exhibition on Jewish-Arab coexistence over the holiday.

“Such a time of growing anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel in Europe and Paris in particular, the sponsorship provided by the City of Paris is an important message against violence and expressing support for Israel,” said WIZO chairwoman Rivka Lazovsky.

French leaders condemned rising anti-Semitism in their country following a recent rape-robbery of a Jewish woman in a suburb of the capital. Anti-Semitic violence connected to Israel’s invasion of Gaza in Paris and nearby towns such as Sarcelles shocked French Jews this summer, leading to increased emigration.

A series of attacks, including a shooting at Toulouse’s Otzar HaTorah school in 2012 and the brutal torture and murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006 have shaken French Jews’ faith in their country’s ability to protect them.

The French Parliament has approved a measure requesting government recognition of a Palestinian state despite the current impasse in negotiations between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

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