Increasing Number of French Jews Moving To Israel

January 26, 2015

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A Pakistani with whom I worked years ago was not shy about expressing his dislike of Israel and of Zionism. We enjoyed a civil and friendly relationship, born of our need to bring home paychecks.

The last time we spoke about Israel, It told him as follows.

“I belong to a chassidic group that used to be ant=Zionist. We used to be opposed to the establishment of the State of Israel. Later, when it became a fait accompli, we adjusted to the reality on the ground of the State of Israel. It was obvious that there would be rivers of blood if the state were dissolved. If Arabs wanted to delegitimize Israel, they could have given complete legal equality to Jews in Arab countries. Instead, they persecuted them, committing acts of violence, mounting pogroms and confiscating their property. As a result, a million Arab Jews fled the homes that their ancestors had occupied for centuries. By driving Jews out of Arab countries, you made the best possible case for a State of Israel. Seventy years ago, there were many Jews opposed to secular Zionism. You made it impossible for us to maintain that position. It is your fault that we are forced to support a secular state of Israel, before the arrival of the Messiah.”

I was reminded of this conversation when I read of the worsening situation of French Jews, who many Arabs in France expect to perform a miracle. French Jews are  expected to simultaneously “Get out of Palestine.” and at the same time “Go back to Israel.”

While no French Jews have found a way to accomplish these mutually exclusive objectives, a growing number have chosen to go home to Israel. Der Spiegel reports on this growing trend.

Der Spiegel article

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