Jews Fleeing France [Pic]

Submitted by: jayme21 2 years ago in

In some synagogues here, whole benches are suddenly empty


Haim Korsia, 51, who was elected Chief Rabbi of France last Sunday, will preside over a shrinking Jewish community. From a Jewish population of 500,000 or so - the largest Jewish community in the European Union - it may quickly fall to 400,000, or even less.

According to Natan Sharansky, the Jewish Agency Chairman, 2,254 French Jews completed aliyah during the first five months of 2014, against only 580 last year; a staggering 289 per cent increase. By December 31 this year, the total may be well over 5,000. Not since the Second World War has a Western country provided Israel with such immigration rates.

Moreover, a second group of French Jews is engaging in "gradual, informal immigration" - without applying for citizenship, they buy apartments in Israel, register their children at Israeli universities, commute between France and Israel for business, or come as "frequent visitors" on retiring.

"At the end of the day, many of them are likely to stay as fully fledged immigrants", a French-Israeli sociologist said. Actual French immigration to Israel may thus be closer to 6,000 or 7,000 a year.

And what about a third group : French Jews who emigrate to other countries? That is gaining momentum. Affluent people are transferring their homes and offices to the UK, Belgium or Switzerland. Young professionals go to the UK, the US, Canada and East Asia. Berlin, a top destination for Israelis, is attracting French Jews, too.

Joel Mergui, the lay chairman of Consistoire, the National Union of French Synagogues, concedes: "You can feel the bite at every level." Emigration means less worshippers, less kids at school, less donations for Jewish charities. "At some synagogues, whole benches are suddenly empty."

Antisemitism is the main reason why French Jews are leaving. Two years ago, a French-born jihadist trained in the Middle East murdered one teacher and three children at point blank range at a Jewish school in Toulouse, in southern France. A couple of weeks ago, another French-born and French-based jihadi was involved in the massacre at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

More violence occurs on an almost daily basis, according to Samuel Ghozlan, a retired police commissioner who founded BNVCA, an antisemitism monitoring organisation. Jews are also worried by the rise of the far right National Front (who won one third of the French seats at the European Parliament last month), even if its current leader, Marine Le Pen, is eager to distance herself from her father Jean-Marie Le Pen"s antisemitic rhetoric.

Even more ominously, a new brand of explicit, "national-socialist" antisemitism is now very much in fashion among French youths of both European and non-European origin.

Quite tellingly, its main leader is a French-Cameroonian performer, Dieudonn M"Bala M"Bala, the creator of the "quenelle", an inverted Nazi salute.

"All of sudden, we realised there might literally be no future for us," a young Parisian couple say. They will move to Tel Aviv in August.

Chief Rabbi Korsia, who, as a young army chaplain, developed a personal friendship with the then president Jacques Chirac, is convinced the French-Jewish symbiosis initiated under Napoleon will endure. As a rule, Chief Rabbis do not have much religious or political influence on French Jewry - except in times of crisis. That may turn out to be the case with Rabbi Korsia.


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Male 15,271
"To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe,Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home" - @netanyahu 6:00 AM - 11 Jan 2015

"Israel is our home. End of Story." - Shaul Robinson, the `British` rabbi of Lincoln Square synagogue in New York

Jews are welcome in Europe, but many consider themselves expats or at best citizens of convenience, rather than our countrymen.
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Male 14,331
[quote]On the other hand, most people choose their own labels which is half the equation. [/quote]

Much like the Nazis this crowd we`re speaking of doesn`t care if you don`t practice if it`s in your blood line you are.
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Male 40,772
@barry9: True! And what`s even worse? It`s difficult or impossible to build new housing for immigration there! The UN "allows it" for "natural increase" of population, but all those "disputed areas" are hard to build in, and everywhere else is pretty densely populated already.

Counter-point: Are Arabs (Muslim or otherwise) "fleeing Israel" because of nasty Jews? NOPE!
Of course some Jews are zealots and commit crimes. They get arrested by the police though, not made heroes!
Arabs flee INTO Israel, like the entire "gay community" of Gaza did when Hamas took over, for one example.
There`s no "Boat People" fleeing from Israel and washing up on the shores of Egypt... ffs! And MILLIONS have fled FROM Syria! Yemen, Iraq, and other nations too... not -from- Israel, they want to get TO Israel.
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Male 15,271
Blooming heck! Why didn`t we think of that?
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Male 671
... so they flee TO Israel? Doesn`t make sense. Israel is tiny, surrounded by countries that hate it, and has frequent violent attacks.
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Male 5,620
Madduck talking about Jewish people, "For Christs sake, ..."

Am I the only person here who sees this irony?
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Male 4,891

Madduck -
It IS getting out of hand, you`re right.

On the other hand, most people choose their own labels which is half the equation.





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Male 684
[quote]For Christs sake, can we please stop allowing people to set us against each other based on arbitary[/quote] (sic) [quote]labels.[/quote]

Your religion is not an arbitrary labels, you are attacking this as sowing division. It is not, it is a symptom of division. Rather than to say this is turning people against each other, it might be an idea to find out why a identifiable segment of society no longer feels safe. But that just doesn`t fit your simplistic mind on these issues does it? Because it`s a lot more complex than that.

Fun fact in the UK at least noticed how more Islamic figures have vocally called out these attacks? Communities division at Whitehall has actively pushed it to help cohesion and stop reprisals. Because the moderates don`t get the airtime to do it themselves.

Maybe if there has been a earlier policy of doing this across Europe the exodus wouldn`t be happening.
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Female 8,058
True- but at present it is getting quite out of hand.
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Male 1,412
@madduck

Its human nature to be drawn towards what we know, and to be afeared of what is different. Most people share their fears with their children either because they believe that it helps their children be safe, or to validate their own beliefs.

The moment more than one person is involved things get icky. Heck, if everyone were the same ethnicity people would hate each other based on height, or right/left-handedness... We will always find a way to group people, and Our group is always better than That group.

Not that I agree with third parties teaching us prejudices. On that you and I agree. That does not keep it from happening though.
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Female 8,058
For Christs sake, can we please stop allowing people to set us against each other based on arbitary labels.
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Male 40,772
You know it`s bad when Jews flee TOO Germany, not from it, to escape anti-Semitism!
France has had `a problem` for a long time, but it continues to spiral out of control. Their current problems with Muslims are another example of it. Not just the shootings, YEARS of riots and hundreds of acts of hatred by "youths" who just happen to be Muslims...

Now reporters are daring to say that entire parts of French cities are "no-go zones" for police and other authorities? That Islam and Sharia law are the rule there, not the exception? About time they faced their issues...
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Male 684
Link: Jews Fleeing France [Pic] [Rate Link] - Not at a rate since WW2
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