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And Muslims In Contemporary France

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The major French Jewish institution is the Consistory for Religious Activities that was established by Napoleon in 1808. The second important framework is the Unified Jewish Social Fund (FSJU) in charge of social and educational issues. The institutional innovation after World War II was the Representative Council of the Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF) which would provide Jews with a political representation vis-a-vis the state. The arrival of Muslims is more recent. The tension between Muslims and Jews had increased and anti-Jewish incidents had created an uneasy climate aggravated by the terrorist attack against the synagogue on Copernic street that set in motion large-scale demonstrations against anti-Semitism. Manifestations of anti-Semitism are frequently observed in Muslim circles. They are fueled by Muslims' identification with the Palestinian cause and the anti-Israeli attitude of the Middle-Eastern public at large.

Keywords: French Muslims; Jews



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