Jews In France Ponder Whether To Stay Or To Leave | Forbes

The third largest Jewish community in the world has seen growing anti-Semitism in France since the 2000s. Increasingly, the Jewish community in France no longer feels safe. The most salient events were the murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006, the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012 and the attack on the Hypercasher in Paris in 2015. These three events alone accounted for the murder of nine Jews, including three children who were murdered at close range.

In 2014, there were 851 antisemitic acts of violence in France as recorded by the Protection Service of the Jewish Community.  Indeed, some Jews in their private lives in France have given up wearing their kippa or the Star of David for fear of insults or aggression. This video from 2015 shows the kind of intimidation a Jew can face depending on what part of Paris they walk through.

The Aliyah In Israel 

The growing antagonism towards them has led some French Jews to make the drastic decision to leave the country.

For several decades now, Jews in France have been leaving for Israel. The attacks of 2015 doubled the figure of departures, which is now about 6,000 to 7,000 per year. Following the 2015 attacks, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu traveled to Paris, and while there did not miss the opportunity to mention that Israel was open to French Jews. The president of the Jewish Agency for Israel went further, stating that there was “no future for Jews in France.

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  1. Israel has a way to go before it becomes the preferred home for a majority of the world Jews.

    Currently approximatrely 59% of the worlds over 14 million Jews live outside Israel. Only 41% of the worlds Jews call Israel home.

    On the people making Aliyah, many are turning around and returning to France having experienced the Reality of Israel – and

    Anyone thinking about making Aliyah should read carefully what they will find and experience in Israel. Many French Jews have found out the truth.

    One mans experience:
    “For some, the experience has sent them from one personal and political pole to another. Alexandre, a doctor, was extremely religious before he went to Israel but returned “completely atheist.”

    He told Le Monde he was turned off by the “politicization of religion” and the “development of an absurd mystical and messianic discourse.”

    After spending a year in Haifa in 2007, he went home to France angered by the “right-wing Israeli propaganda,” by the “distrust towards the Arabs” and by a feeling that the country was overrun with a conspiratorial mindset.”

    Think carefully before making this massive move.

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