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Paris March Against Antisemitism Divides France’s Political Parties

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far right National Rally (RN) in France, lays a wreath at the monument to the Jewish victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. Photo: Attila Husejnow /SOPA Images/Reuters

i24 NewsFrench far-right leader Marine Le Pen has set off a cacophony of criticism over her plans to attend a weekend march to protest rising antisemitism in France. Critics say that her once-pariah party has failed to shake off its antisemitic heritage despite growing political legitimacy.

France’s Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, numerous political parties and citizens are to attend the Sunday march called by the speakers of the country’s two houses of the parliament. Le Pen has said that she and her National Rally party also will be there, in what some see as an attempt to leverage the Israel-Hamas war to make herself more palatable to mainstream voters.

Party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, her father, was convicted repeatedly of antisemitic hate speech and played down the scope of the Holocaust. For one, back in 2016, he was fined €30,000 ($34,000) over denying the Holocaust while speaking to the French broadcaster BFMTV.

His daughter Marine — runner-up in the last two presidential elections and likely a top contender in 2027 — has worked to scrub the party’s image, kicking her father out and changing its name from National Front to National Rally.

Le Pen has recently criticized the amount of aid France provided to Gaza stating that: “France has spent millions on the water network in Gaza. I am for international cooperation but I also understand the anger of the Overseas France when they see that once again, they have come second in directing international aid!”

On a appris que la France avait dépensé des millions pour le réseau d’eau à Gaza. Je suis pour la coopération internationale mais comprenez la colère de nos compatriotes d’Outre-mer lorsqu’ils voient qu’une nouvelle fois, ils sont passés après l’aide internationale ! pic.twitter.com/TiaVFDYcDY

— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) November 6, 2023

Meanwhile, the hard-left La FranceUnbowed Party (LFI) is said to boycott the march. However, the LFI MP Aurelie Trouve stated that “We will be present at all initiatives which combat all forms of racism, hatred, discrimination , but without the extreme right, it is a principle for us.”

The Socialist Party, the Communist Party and the Green European Party have all confirmed their participation in the “great civic march.”

The march comes as France finds itself among the countries where the number of antisemitic incidents has skyrocketed since Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7. Earlier in October, Jewish homes in Paris were marked with Stars of David, while a teenager with a knife was arrested near the Strasbourg synagogue.

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Israeli Actress Shira Haas Wins Award for Role in Upcoming TV Series ‘Night Therapy’

Shira Haas on the set of “Night Therapy.” Photo: Nati Levi

Israeli actress Shira Haas was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Monte Carlo Television Festival on Tuesday night for her role in an upcoming Israeli television series titled “Night Therapy” that will premiere later this month.

Haas stars in the 10-part psychological drama alongside Yousef Sweid (“Munich Games,” “Game of Thrones”), as well as Lucy Ayoub, Yaakov Zada Daniel, and Firas Nassar, all of whom have starred in the popular Israeli series “Fauda.”

Haas, who accepted her award from the Monte Carlo Television Festival via video because she was in the United States filming, took to Instagram to thank the festival for her award.

“This is such a special project for me, a personal and genuinely (ongoing) healing one, and I can’t wait for you all to meet Yasmin very soon,” she wrote, referencing her character’s name in the show.

Written and created by Raanan Caspi, “Night Therapy” is about an Arab-Israeli psychologist named Louie (Sweid) who struggles to raise his two children after his Jewish-Israeli wife commits suicide. To be more present for his children during the day and to better balance his work and home life, Louie decides to shift his practice so he sees patients at night. Haas plays one of his patients — a computer genius named Yasmin who rarely leaves her home and prefers to spend her time in the virtual world instead of the real one.

“Through the gateway and magic of the late clinic hours, and flashback scenes where Louie acts as an unseen observer to their problems, the series depicts refreshing points of view on life, which often require unusual treatments,” according to a synopsis provided by Yes Studios, which is distributing the show. “Combining absorbing therapy sessions — written with the input of practicing psychologists — with storylines and characters from Louie’s personal life, ‘Night Therapy’ is a touching, emotional and sexy new drama series.”

The show premieres on Yes TV in Israel on June 30 and is being sold internationally by Yes Studios. The series is directed by Gabriel Bibliowicz and produced by Dafna Danenberg, Aviram Avraham, and Benny Menache at Eight Productions.

Haas previously had starring roles in the hit Israeli television series “Shtisel” as well as the film “Unorthodox,” for which she won an award. She also became the first Israeli television actress nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in “Unorthodox.” Haas Tribeca Film Festival for starring in “Asia,” in which she played a terminally ill character, and additionally won two best supporting actress awards at the Israeli Academy Awards. She is reportedly scheduled to appear in Marvel’s upcoming film “Captain America: Brave New World” as an Israeli superhero named Sabra.

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Swiss Museum Sells Monet Painting in Settlement With Heirs of Former Jewish Owner Forced to Sell Artwork During WWII

A partial view of Monet’s “L’Homme à l’ombrelle.” Photo: Kunsthaus Zürich via Wikimedia Commons

The largest art museum in Switzerland announced on Wednesday that it is selling a painting by Claude Monet as part of an agreement with heirs of the artwork’s original Jewish owner, who was forced to sell it during World War II when he fled Nazi Germany.

The Kunsthaus Zürich said it reached a “fair and just solution” and “amicable settlement” with the heirs of Jewish entrepreneur Carl Sachs regarding the painting “L’Homme à l’ombrelle” (“Man with a Parasol”) from the late 19th century. Proceeds from the sale will be allocated between the museum and Sachs’ family.

Sachs and his wife fled Nazi persecution in Germany and moved to Switzerland in 1939. He was forced to sell “L’Homme à l’ombrelle,” and several other pieces from his art collection, to the Kunsthaus Zürich in order to make a living. “The sale of Monet’s ‘L’Homme à l’ombrelle’ to the Kunsthaus Zürich was the first work that Sachs had to sell due to the acute financial emergency just a few weeks after fleeing Nazi Germany to Switzerland,” the museum explained.

“A swift sale was needed to provide the couple with money to live on, and he was therefore acting under duress,” the Kunsthaus Zürich said. Sachs died shortly afterward in December 1943 and by that point he had sold 13 artworks from his collection.

Philipp Hildebrand, the chair of Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, said: “Of course we regret that this wonderful painting will leave the Kunsthaus. At the same time, this step underpins the seriousness of our provenance strategy and our fundamental attitude towards a transparent and solution-oriented approach to works in our collection in which there are substantiated references to Nazis [or] there is a situation of a persecution-related predicament.”

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United Against Hate Canada is a new nonprofit founded by Marvin Rotrand, a former Montreal city councillor who once led B’nai Brith

Marvin Rotrand, a former Montreal city councillor and former leader of B’nai Brith Canada, announced the incorporation of a new nonprofit dedicated to combating hate earlier this week. At a press conference on June 19, Rotrand outlined the priorities of the newly formed United Against Hate Canada (UAHC) organization. A press release from the group […]

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