Dozens of French Jews immigrate to Israel amid rising anti-Semitism
“The Jews of Europe and the rest of the world are currently facing complex challenges, and every Jew should know that the gates of this country are still open, even during an emergency or crisis,” said Israel’s Minister of Immigration and Absorption, Pnina Tamano-Shata.
“The Ministry of Immigration and Absorption will accompany the new immigrants in their first steps towards integration into Israeli society because only together are we stronger,” she added.
Already some 450,000 Jews live in France. It is one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, but many still face anti-Semitic attitudes and incidents. Barbara Simha Bohadana, her husband and three children were among the group immigrating this week. She said she lost her job because of her faith.
“I was fired because I was Jewish. A pharmacy manager, who I worked for as a pharmacist, did not even try to hide the reason for my dismissal. He just told me that a wig or any other sign of my Jewishness was not acceptable and that if I did not have them removed, I should just get up and leave. So I got up and left,” Bohadana said.
In January France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner shared in a statement that since 2019, anti-Semitism in France has risen by 27 per cent, the Associated Press reports. Also on the rise are acts of violence against Muslims and Christians. According to the AP, of these persecuted groups, Christians are persecuted at the highest rate in France.