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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Gilles-William Goldnadel

Founder and chairman, Lawyers Without Borders

A prominent French-Jewish lawyer and writer who is now representing the family of murdered pensioner Sarah Halimi, Gilles-William Goldnadel is one of the most outspoken supporters of Israel and opponents of antisemitism in France.

Founder and chairman of the group Lawyers Without Borders, which fights discrimination and advocates for human rights, and head of the Association France-Israel, Goldnadel has angered both left and right, and even the French Jewish establishment itself, through his oft-controversial opinions and activism.

In particular, Goldnadel agitates against what he has called "Islamo-Nazism" and "Islamo-Leftism,” which he regards as the foremost antisemitic danger to the Jews of France. As a result, he has often criticized mainstream Jewish organizations, especially the umbrella group CRIF, of which he was once a member, of indulging Muslim and leftist antisemites.

For all of this, Goldnadel has branded himself a “combat Jew,” a reputation he continues to live up to. (Photo credit: YouTube screenshot.)


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