Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:06 AM
xchrom (108,903 posts)
More and More French Jews Emigrating to Israel
More and more French Jews are buying homes in Israel, amid fears of rising anti-Semitism in France. Many are choosing to buy property in Tel Aviv (shown here).
Many must have been reminded of the treatment of Jews under the Third Reich. Shortly after the attack on a Jewish school in the southern French city of Toulouse on Monday, school principals in the city walked into classrooms and asked the Jewish pupils to come forward. "We ask you to leave the class and join the other Jewish children, who are in a locked and safe location."
It was intended as a precaution, in response to a request from the Jewish community. But it also highlights the degree to which many Jews in France feel that they are a threatened and increasingly excluded minority. Every year, these feelings prompt thousands to take a dramatic decision, namely to pack their belongings and move to a crisis zone: Israel. They feel safer there.
Five years ago, Linda moved from Paris to Canada and then to the Israeli port city of Ashdod. Only a week ago, she, her husband and their two sons faced a hail of rockets from the Gaza Strip. Nevertheless Linda, who doesn't want to be identified by her last name, is delighted not to be living in France anymore. "It's much safer here than in France," she says.
"Anti-Semitism has become unbearable there," she says. "Children are harassed on their way to school, just because they're Jews." She adds that she too was the victim of such harassment in the middle of the Champs-Élysées in Paris. "I was wearing a necklace with a Star of David attached to it," she recalls. "Someone barged into me. I said to him: 'You ought to excuse yourself!' All he said was that he didn't apologize to Jews."
4 replies, 1202 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
More and More French Jews Emigrating to Israel (Original post)
|Behind the Aegis||Mar 2012||#1|
|Redneck Democrat||Mar 2012||#4|
Response to xchrom (Original post)
Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:11 AM
Behind the Aegis (39,890 posts)
1. This line is fucking freaky....
"Shortly after the attack on a Jewish school in the southern French city of Toulouse on Monday, school principals in the city walked into classrooms and asked the Jewish pupils to come forward. "We ask you to leave the class and join the other Jewish children, who are in a locked and safe location.""
It may be the way it is written, but if that was the directive, that would freak me out! "Join the other Jews in a locked safe location." Uh-uh! That is too fucking creepy. I know they were trying to protect the children, but...shitfire, this just wigs me out.