Following Friday’s terror attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, Joel Merghi, president of the Consistoire, France’s highest Jewish religious organization, said, “The Jewish community has survived (other attacks) many times in history but it will be very difficult to recover this time.” The attack took place against a background of years of increasing anti-Semitic violence and a mounting sense of insecurity among France’s Jews. ADL remains in close contact with French Jewish officials and has addressed the French government.
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January 9, 2015 - Paris - Four Jewish men were killed by terrorist Amedy Coulibaly after Coulibaly stormed a Kosher supermarket and took shoppers hostage. French police eventually killed Coulibaly, and rescued the remaining hostages. Coulibaly was an accomplice of brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi who carried out the terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, killing 12 people. The Kouachi brothers were also killed by French police.
January 1, 2015 - Berlin - An Israeli citizen who was beaten by a group of young men after he asked them to stop singing anti-Semitic songs on the subway.
December 17, 2014 - Buenos Aires - Swastikas were found etched in the doors of the Avodá Jewish community center.