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Thursday, March 22, 2007

French Jews petition for asylum in the US

At Atlas Shrugs, Pamela blogs a JTA article that reports that seven THOUSAND French Jews have signed a petition seeking asylum in the US.
"Following the barbarous murder of a young Jew because he was Jewish, in the context of the rise in anti-Semitic acts committed by Islamic fundamentalists, numerous members of the community no longer feel safe in France," reads the petition, which was sent to the U.S. Congress. The reference was to Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Parisian Jew who was kidnapped and tortured to death last year by an anti-Semitic gang.

The petition asks Congress to enact a law according refugee status to French Jews. "We believe that the United States, known for its traditional welcome to those under threat in their native lands, must open its doors to us," the petition says.
As a Jew, I am happy that they have awoken to their reality and are seeking to leave (hopefully in time to save themselves) and wish them well. As an Israeli, and as an American who made aliya (immigrated to Israel), I am sad that 7000 French Jews find America more attractive than Israel as a homeland. They would not have to petition for asylum here. The Law of Return guarantees them a place.

(Hat Tip for the picture to Epaminondas)


At 3:46 AM, Blogger miriam sawyer said...

This sort of thing is exactly what makes Israel so necessary.


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