Thursday, May 25, 2017
An explicit show of support for any particular candidate in French elections is highly unusual for the Muslim, Christian and Jewish clergymen.
Jean-François Jalkh, who is heading the far-right party on an interim basis, reportedly once said that Zyklon B poison could not have been effective for mass extermination.
The far-right candidate in the French elections did not mention shechitah, but vowed to outlaw halal abattoirs and all other methods of killing animals that are performed without stunning.
The centrist Emmanuel Macron is a hit with young professionals, but the leader of the far-right National Front believes she'll attract more voters who feel left behind by immigration and globalization.
Franncis Kalifat, president of the CRIF Jewish federation, called on voters to elect centrist Emmanuel Macron, who garnered the most votes in the election's first round.
The attack that killed a police officer is seen as a boon to the far-right party with the presidential election just days away.
CRIF president Francis Kalifat said he was alarmed by the success in the polls of the far-right politician Marine Le Pen and the communist Jean-Luc Melenchon, whom he termed 'candidates of hate' out to destroy democracy.
The ascent of Jean-Luc Melenchon, who has made remarks deemed anti-Semitic, is raising the stakes for French Jews already fearful of a victory for the far-right front-runner, Marine Le Pen.
Appropriating the Jewish teenage diarist for political causes is obfuscating the genocide's memory, some say, but reinforcing it for others.
The documents, which a historian for Amsterdam's Jewish museum said were a 'specatcular find,' were discovered in a suitcase that Jews stashed away before being sent to their deaths.

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