While French Jews continue to feel a special threat from Islamists, security concerns at the Hyper Cacher have themselves eased.
French Jews accused a left-wing presidential candidate of encouraging Holocaust denial following his comparison of the Nazi persecution of Jews to the situation of French Muslims today. Vincent Peillon, who is running in the Socialist Party primaries ahead of the elections this year, made the analogy Tuesday during an interview.
The umbrella group of French Jewish communities blasted the defense minister of Israel for calling on Jews to leave France and drawing parallels between the Dreyfus Affair and Paris’ attempts to push for Israeli-Palestinian talks.
After praising the courage of jihadists, the French Jewish intellectual Eric Zemmour might face charges for “apology for terrorism.” According to “Le Monde,” the prosecutor’s office in Paris opened a preliminary investigation on Friday into remarks Zemmour made to the magazine Causeur, during an interview titled “The Muslims Must Choose Between France and Islam.”
As some warn French Jews to avoid wearing a kippah, others are donning the skullcap in solidarity. Robert Zaretsky asks: Is this symbolic gesture really helpful — or just a cheap gimmick?
At a busy supermarket in Jerusalem a smartly dressed woman, recently arrived in Israel, was stopping shoppers to ask if anyone spoke French. Having found a candidate, her first question was: “Where’s the cheese counter?”
As more and more French Jews nervously consider moving to Israel to escape rising anti-Semitism, many worry the Jewish state may not be as much of a promised land as they would hope.
French immigrants in Israel say they feel more comfortable in the Jewish state — and some boast of better economic opportunity. But many say rising anti-Semitism drove them to leave.
The deadly terror attacks in Paris have many proclaiming solidarity with French Jews — and others calling on them to leave for Israel. Here’s a primer on the community.
Benjamin Netanyahu says the answer for embattled French Jews is simple: leave. But the Jews themselves aren’t so sure they want to leave — and even those that do may not choose Israel