French Jewish leaders have criticized Francois Fillon, who is tipped to win on Sunday the second round of a Conservative party presidential primary, for his remarks that ‘’in the past Jews did not respect all the rules of the French Republic.’’
‘’It is not acceptable that armed police is needed these days to guard synagogues and Jewish schools across Europe because of rising anti-Semitism,’’ said Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins as he hosted in Dublin a reception of senior Jewish professionals and foreign diplomats from 41 countries.
Israel has reiterated that only direct negotiations with the Palestinians can lead to peace, in a response to France’s invitation to take part in a Middle East peace conference in Paris later this year.
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder welcomed Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to sign a bill requiring state-affiliated companies to certify that they do not boycott or discriminate against sovereign states, including Israel.
EU Parliament president Martin Schulz: ‘’ I fully endorse implementation of the European Parliament resolutions on the Return of Plundered Property to Jewish Communities and the Restitution of the Possessions of Holocaust Victims.”