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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Is this the final chapter for Jews in France?

It's come to this: The leader of the Jewish community in Marseille, France, has advised his constituents not to walk around outside with kipot (skullcaps) on their heads.
The president of the Marseille Israelite Consistory, Zvi Ammar, said that it was an "exceptional decision". 
"Life is more sacred than anything else. We are now forced to hide a little bit," he told the AFP, adding that the move made him "sick to the stomach". 
The warning comes just one day after a teacher in his thirties was attacked by a teen wielding a machete
The teacher escaped with only minor injuries. His attacker, aged 15, was caught soon after fleeing and arrested. 
The teen later claimed to have been acting in the name of Daesh, the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
“He said several times he was acting in the name of Isis, because Muslims in France were dishonouring Islam and French soldiers were protecting Jews,” said Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin.
Also today, a Jewish communal leader in Paris was found stabbed to death in his apartment
A Jewish councilman was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday morning, prompting French media speculation of a racially motivated killing.

Alain Ghozland of the Parisian suburb of Créteil was found by his brother, who checked in on the city councillor after he failed to show in synagogue the previous evening.

While a police source who spoke with Metro News admitted that it was “too early to know the cause of death,” Ghozland was reportedly found with stab wounds and bruising. His apartment appeared to have been ransacked and his car was missing from its spot outside.

The victim, whose father helped found the local Jewish cultural association, was active in Jewish affairs and his death has shaken his coreligionists, according to the French newspaper.

He was described by the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF), the umbrella organization representing French Jewry, as “a prominent leader of the local Jewish Community.”

“People are upset. They do not know what to think and ask a lot of questions,” one relative was quoted as saying.
And last week marked the anniversary of the attack on the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris, which was the icing on the cake of a week in which mass murder was committed in the name of Islam at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

Sorry but I don't understand why the flow of immigration from France to Israel isn't a wave. Why would any Jew want to stay there?

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At 3:29 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Well this is certainly the last generation of any recognizable Jewish community in Europe. Keep in mind though that no matter how bad things get no more than half will ever leave. Of that half, half are entirely assimilated and on the side of the enemies anyway, while the other half are too old or too set in their ways. There's still a handful of Jews in Yemen for God's sake. So given the 1.3 million or Jews left in all of Europe, that number will shrink by half in a generation. And the following generation it will shrink to something like zero.


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