Tag Archive for French Jews

France undergoes ‘Medical Brain Drain’ as medical professionals flock to Israel

With Israeli authorities expediting the recognition of French medical credentials that make the transition easier for seasoned professionals, the upsurge in antisemitism in France is convincing their doctors & medical field associates, many of whom hold prestigious and influential leadership positions, to pack-up and leave France with their families for Israel, in increasing numbers.



Michel Alimi says he was shopping at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket just a couple of hours before an Islamist struck on January 9, 2015, shooting four Jews dead and holding 16 hostage before being killed by French police. Now, he, his wife and one of his daughters are moving to Israel. Continue Reading »

Survivor of French anti-Semitic stabbing qualified for elite IDF brigade


Last week, Jonathan Weinberg, who was 13 when a group of youths attacked him for being Jewish, earned his purple beret as a Givati fighter in the IDF. “I realized that if Jews are brutalized for being Jews, France is no place for me.” he said.

By Danny Brenner


Jonathan Weinberg was only 13 when he fell victim of a violent anti-Semitic attack by a group of French youths. Today, Weinberg is 24, an Israeli citizen, and last Thursday he received the purple beret reserved for new members of the Israel Defense Forces’ Givati combat infantry brigade.

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Israel sees record immigration of Jews from France in 2015

After multiple terror attacks strike Paris in 2015, French immigration rose 10%, while overall Jewish immigration was at 15yr-high.

By Reuters


A record number of French Jews moved to Israel this year, an immigration official said on Thursday, citing anti-Semitic violence and economic insecurity in the European country as causes.

A Jewish immigrant from France arrives for a candle-lighting ceremony to mark Hanukkah, upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport (Photo: Reuters)

A Jewish immigrant from France arrives for a candle-lighting ceremony to mark Hanukkah, upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport – Photo: Reuters

France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, having grown by nearly half since World War Two to some 550,000. The community has been jarred by an increase in security threats and Islamist terror attacks such as January’s gun rampage at a Paris kosher market that killed four Jews. Continue Reading »

French Immigration Skyrockets as 200 More French Jews Arrive in Israel

French Aliyah (immigration) is up 11% since last year, as Israel is expecting between 30,000 – 35,000 new immigrants in 2015, the most since 2005.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


More than 200 French Jews, half of whom are children, arrived in Israel Tuesday aboard a special Aliyah flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption.

French family makes Aliyah – Jeremy Fournée for The Jewish Agency for Israel

Although the plane arrived in the wee hours of the morning, the immigrants were warmly received at a festive welcome event at Ben-Gurion International Airport.The
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Surge in French Jews Escaping Local Antisemitic Terror, Finding Refuge in Israel

A mere 5 months after the last antisemitic terror-attack in Paris, a surge of 25% more French Jews moved to Israel, compared to the same period in 2014.

By Itamar Eichner


The number of French Jews who have made, or are making aliyah to Israel between January and August 2015, is 25% higher than that same period.

The scrolls with the French olim names (Photo:Zed Fillman)

The scrolls with the French olim names – Photo:Zed Fillman

The number of immigrants from France rose from 4,000 in 2014 to 5,100 in same period in 2015. The numbers where submitted to Immigrant Absorption minister Ze’ev Elkin by the Heads of French Jewish organizations. Continue Reading »

France’s PM Valls calls on country’s Muslims to “name the enemy”

‘Anti-Semitism, hate speech, hiding behind hatred of Israel and delivering hideous sermons’ are not Islam, says the French PM, calling to show the world that ‘Islam & France are fully compatible’.

By AFP & Ynet


French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called on France’s Muslims on Monday to “name the enemy”, referring to jihadist and extremist groups.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (Photo: AFP)
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls – Photo: AFP


“It has to be stated that all this is not Islam,” Valls said, citing “hate speech, anti-Semitism hiding behind anti-Zionism and hatred of Israel, hideous sermons, self-proclaimed imams in our neighborhoods, our prisons which promote violence and terrorism, who participate in this criminal enterprise which lures hundreds of young people to jihad.” Continue Reading »

Islamic State sends “A letter to France”: ‘Now the real war begins’

In new video entitled “A letter to France”, Islamic jihadists declare: “The fighters of Islamic State are deployed everywhere and now the real war begins.”

By Erez Linn, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff


France is still in the crosshairs of the Islamic State: In a new video titled “A letter to France” the radical Islamist group warns it has an expansive network of operatives inside Europe working diligently to carry out more terrorist attacks, similar to those perpetrated in Paris in January.
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Hundreds of Jewish gravestones vandalized as French antisemitism persists

News of the desecrated tombstones come a day after a deadly terror shooting at a Denmark synagogue, which resembled the terrorist attack at a Jewish supermarket in Paris last month.


PARIS – Several hundred Jewish tombs have been damaged in a cemetery near the northeastern French city of Strasbourg, the French interior minister said on Sunday.

A French gendarme stands guard next to tombstones desecrated by vandals with Nazi swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans in the Jewish cemetery of Brumath near Strasbourg. – Photo: REUTERS

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve condemned the incident, which took place at the Jewish cemetery of Sarre-Union near the German border, and said in a statement that police had opened an inquiry. Continue Reading »

BREAKING: Knife-wielding man attacks 3 soldiers on patrol near Jewish Community Center in Nice


3 French soldiers were lightly injured by Muslim attacker with same surname as the terrorist that killed 4 Jewish patrons at a Paris kosher supermarket last month.


Three French soldiers were stabbed outside of a Jewish community center in Nice, France, AFP reported on Tuesday.

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A French soldier guards a Jewish institution in Neuilly-sur-Seine. – Photo: REUTERS

None of the soldiers were seriously wounded and the attacker was detained. French media reported that the name of the attacker was Moussa Coulibaly, who shares the same surname as the attacker that killed four Jewish patrons at a Paris kosher supermarket last month. Continue Reading »

Interview: French Jews Say Adieu to France Taking Their Assets With Them

As French Jews flee the country due to rising anti-Semitism & a failing economy, 2 dozen families leave with $1.4 billion of their assets with them.

By Rochel Sylvetsky


French Jews are facing shocking anti-Semitism, and many feel insecure remaining in France, as the sharp rise in French aliyah figures for the past year show. Tens of thousands of Jews still remain in France, however, but an indication of their future plans can be gleaned from the transfer of Jewish assets out of Europe.

Arutz Sheva interviewed Marlen Kruzhkov, a partner at the New York based Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum PLLC, who has acted as consultant for a sizable group of French Jewish families. Continue Reading »

430 French Jews just moved to Israel despite rocket fire from Gaza


Natan Sharansky, head of the Jewish Agency: ‘People question whether there is a future for Jews in France, but no one doubts that there is a future for French Jews in Israel.’

A group of 430 French Jews plan to move to Ashkelon & Ashdod.

By Yori Yalon


Ongoing rocket fire on Israel did not deter a group of 430 new immigrants from France who landed in Israel Wednesday on two special flights organized by the Jewish Agency and the Immigrant Absorption Ministry. Some even intend to move to the south of the country.

Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver and Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky welcome the new arrivals – Photo: David Salem

Most of the new French immigrants are families, including 18 babies.

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2 Jewish men attacked leaving synagogue outside Paris just after Brussels killings


After Saturday evening’s Brussels Attack when 4 Jews were shot dead, 2 Jews were attacked leaving a synagogue outside Paris.

French police ordered to increase security at Jewish establishments after wave of European anti-Semitism.



France’s interior minister says that two Jewish men have been attacked as they left a synagogue in the Paris area.

French Jews marching in Paris in March 2012.

French Jews marching in Paris in March 2012.- Photo: Reuters

Bernard Caseneuve ordered police around France to increase security at Jewish houses of worship and other Jewish establishments, according to a statement Sunday.

There were no immediate details on the Saturday night attack on two men leaving the synagogue in Creteil, southeast of Paris.

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Jerusalem Started Encouraging Greater French Aliyah

The Ministry of Diaspora Affairs is planning a 3-pronged program to encourage mass aliyah of  French Jews with a focus on jobs, education & housing.

By Tova Dvorin


The Israeli government has been planning a new program to encourage French Jews to make Aliyah, Maariv reports Friday.

The program, which will be implemented over a 3-year period, is intended to help French Jews emigrate to Israel on a large scale – following reports that French Jewry has been leaving en masse due to anti-semitism.

The program will also receive state funding, according to the report.

According to information gathered at the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, tens of thousands of French Jews emigrated in 2013 to London, Canada and the United States. Continue Reading »

1,000 high school students from France say ‘Bonjour’ to Israel


Keren Hayesod & the Jewish Agency bring the 11th group of Jewish French high school students to Israel for a week-long educational trip.

Jewish Agency chief Natan Sharansky heads list of guests at the graduation students’ celebration in Jerusalem.

By Yori Yalon

Some 1,000 French high school students who arrived in Israel for a week-long educational trip took part in a celebratory event at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

French high school students in Jerusalem on Thursday – Photo: Uri Lenz

Event guests included Jewish Agency CEO Natan Sharansky and Keren Hayesod France Chairman Richard Prasquier.

The graduation trip, entitled “High School Seniors in Blue and White,” brought students to Israel from 25 Jewish schools in France.

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French Jewish immigration to Israel much higher from previous year

Jewish Agency anticipates about 2,500 French Jews immigrating to Israel in 2013, a 40% increase from last year.

The participation of young French Jews coming to Israel for long-term programs is also rising.

By Israel Hayom Staff

Immigration to Israel by French Jews is on the rise, according to data released by the Jewish Agency. The Jewish Agency expects that around 2,500 French Jews will move to Israel in 2013, a 40 percent increase from 2012.

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