Saturday, January 10, 2015

In Wake of Terrorism, Broader Anti-Semitism In France Is Examined

In the wake of this week's terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, the media are beginning to examine more broadly the issue of rising anti-Semitism in France.  The Telegraph carries an article which begins:
The least surprising thing about today’s turn of events in Paris is that Jews are the target. Because when it comes to home grown anti-Semitism, France leads the world.... No wonder Jewish emigration from France is accelerating.
As reported by JTA, in the wake of the attacks, the Grand Synagogue of Paris was closed for Sabbath services for the first time since World War II.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement (full text) sending condolences to the French Jewish community and the French people, and saying to French and European Jews:
The State of Israel is not just the place to which you turn in prayer. The State of Israel is also your home. This week, a special team of ministers will convene to advance steps to increase immigration from France and other countries in Europe that are suffering from terrible anti-Semitism. All Jews who want to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed here warmly and with open arms. We will help you in your absorption here in our state that is also your state.”