French Jews are leaving France in record numbers due to terrorism and violent attacks.
IJ Review Reports:
Since Israel became an independent Jewish state in 1948, Jewish leaders have declared that the borders would always be open to welcome Jews from any part of the world. In recent years, French Jews, in particular, are taking full advantage.
In 2011, just 1900 French Jews embarked on “aliyah” (Jewish immigration to Israel), but by 2013, that number climbed to 3300. In 2015, another 8000 left France for Israel. In the last 5 years, the number has doubled twice.
For the sake of comparison – based on France’s current population of 66,553,766 and Jewish population of just under 500,000 – if that trend were to continue, there would be no Jews left in France in just over a decade.
The rate is likely to taper off over time, however.
What has changed in France that is driving people out?
A 2013 European Union study revealed that 74% of French Jews avoided openly appearing to be Jewish some of the time, and more than 25% always avoided it. Avi Mayer, spokesman for the Jewish Agency, explained:
“While high-profile attacks such as those at the Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012, the Jewish museum in Brussels in 2014, and the kosher supermarket in Paris and the synagogue in Copenhagen last year have certainly been the most vivid instances of violence targeting French and European Jews, the French Jewish community has been living with a deep sense of insecurity for quite some time.”