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Dark days: Anti-Semitism in France

France's leaders are increasingly worried about the apparent rise of anti-Semitism in their country. Yesterday afternoon François Hollande, the president, called an urgent meeting of Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist leaders to discuss the outbreak of anti-Jewish violence over the weekend when demonstrators against Israel’s actions in Gaza ran wild.

On a hot Saturday in the predominantly Muslim neighbourhood of Barbès, not far from the Gare du Nord, a big railway station in Paris, a crowd that swelled to around 3,000 ignored an official ban on demonstrating. They set fire to an Israeli flag, burnt a kosher shop (also, freakishly, the target of a grenade in 2012), bashed in others and threw stones at serried ranks of riot police, 15 of whom retired wounded.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 13:33

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Bulgaria court adjourns trial against Ataka party leader

Sofia City Court adjourned on Monday the hooliganism trial against leader of Ataka party, Volen Siderov, on Monday, July 21, FOCUS News Agency reported.

The trial also involves a French diplomat Siderov reportedly attacked.

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 23:03

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Writing the truth in the People’s Republic of Donetsk

The clampdown on journalists in the Donetsk oblast [region] dates back to the beginning of the so-called 'Russian spring.' On 1 March this year, 7,000 people came out on to the city's Lenin Square carrying Russian flags, and the flag of an unknown organisation called the 'Donetsk Republic.' Most journalists reported this as a normal demonstration expressing the will of the people. Independently-minded journalists, however, wrote that the rally had been organised with additional support from towns whose mayors were part of former President Yanukovych's circle. This became the dividing line between the ordinary journalists and their independent colleagues.

When Viktor Yanukovych fled, he left his people behind in the Donetsk oblast – mayors of cities to the regional administration – all ensconced at various levels of the power vertical. Some of them subsequently publicly renounced any links with 'The Family,' others lay low, and yet others followed Yanukovych into exile. One of these was the former chairman of the Donetsk Regional Council, Andrei Fedoruk, whose current whereabouts are still unknown. The media overwhelmingly disregarded these facts, preferring to concentrate solely on what could be seen from the outside, both more convenient and simpler – not only for the editors, but for the journalists themselves.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 July 2014 19:55

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Russia Today reporter resigns in protest at MH17 coverage

A London-based correspondent of Kremlin-funded news channel Russia Today has resigned in protest at its coverage of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Sara Firth, who worked at Russia Today for five years, described the channel’s reporting of the crash in which 298 people were killed, including a former BBC journalist, as the “straw that broke the camel’s back”.

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 23:55

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Neo-Nazis Protest Against 'Protective Edge' in Poland

Dozens of neo-Nazis demonstrated in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday in front of the Israeli embassy, demanding an end to Operation Protective Edge to protect Israeli civilians from Hamas's rocket fire.

The demonstrators called to "bring Israeli flags back into the crematoria chimneys."

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