French Jews on their way out?
For a lot of French Jews, Friday's terror attack on a Paris Kosher supermarket may have been the last straw
The question on the lips of many Jews in France is: should we leave? For the first time in Israel’s history, more Jews emigrated from France
than any other country last year. The Jewish Agency of Israel said
almost 7,000 came in 2014 and 10,000 are expected this year, up from
3,400 in 2013. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, told French
Jews that “Israel is also your home” before leaving to attend the march
in Paris on Sunday.
Manuel Valls, French prime minister, responded to Mr Netanyahu’s
overtures by saying “France without its Jews is no longer France,” as he
visited the kosher supermarket attacked last week by a gunman.
But France also leads the pack in a different sorry statistic: it suffered more anti-Semitic incidents in 2013 than any other western country and the number of such acts has risen sevenfold this century, according to the European Jewish Congress.
“There is a real loss of hope, especially among the young generation.
Jews are fed up with always being the target. But if all the Jews go to
Israel the terrorists have won,” says Liza, a young woman who is
half-Jewish and half-Muslim. Like many, she bemoans the conflation of
the Israel-Palestine conflict in France with a clash between Jews and
I'd rather let the terrorists win in France and stay alive. France is not and will never be the Jews' country. And the number of terrorists just seems to be growing.
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