According to the English version of the Times of Israel, quoting Jonathan-Simon Sellem (photo), certain « representatives charged with the security of the French Jewish community » were warned on the morning of the 13th November 2015 of an imminent « vast terrorist attack » in France [1].

Jonathan-Simon Sellem has double nationality (Israeli-French) and is responsible for the Internet site JSSNews. An ex- civil servant for the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was elected as a French consular advisor.

The Times of Israel is edited in five languages. It was founded and is directed by David Horovitz, the ex-chief editor of the Jerusalem Post.

On the evening of the 13th November, several commandos attacked various areas of Paris and its suburbs, causing at least 129 deaths. After having first spoken about a « terrorist attack », President François Hollande later qualified the event as an « act of war ».

On the 15th November, the second Israeli TV channel indicated that « the Israeli intelligence services gave essential information about the profiles of the terrorists responsible for last Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris ».

Pete Kimberley

[1“Just Friday morning, security officials in France’s Jewish community were informed of the very real possibility of an impending large terrorist attack in the country, according to Jonathan-Simon Sellem, a freelance journalist and a representative of French citizens in Israel.” In “In France, defense experts ‘see parallels to Israel’. French-born Israeli Jonathan-Simon Sellem says Jewish community was warned of impending mass terror attack”, Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Times of Israel, November 14th, 2015.