Jews Are Fleeing France in Droves As Anti-Semitism Goes Unchecked

March 2, 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a news conference during European Union leaders informal summit in Brussels, Belgium, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The rising levels of anti-Semitism in France have reached a point to where Jews are fleeing the country in droves, and yet French officials have done little to combat the anti-Semitism that is permeating the country.

University of Paris Dr. Guy Millière wrote in the Gatestone Institute that the Jewish population has declined from 500,000 in 2000 to below 400,000 today, as numerous Jewish families have to “sell their homes well below the market price” in order to leave the country or seek refuge in a safer neighborhood.

Millière quotes Confederation of French Jews President Richard Abitbol as saying that the mass emigration of Jews from French is essentially “an ethnic cleansing.”

“In few decades, there will be no Jews in France,” Abitbol predicted.

AJC Europe Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen told the New York Post, “Although Jews represent less than 1 percent of the French population, 40 percent of all violent hate crimes in France are anti-Semitic.”

The various hate crimes that Jews endure in France include muggings, threats of being shot and being tortured, assaulted and even murdered. One prominent example is Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman who was murdered by her 27-year-old neighbor after he broke into her home, assaulted her while shouting “Allah Akbar!” and then tossed her out the window.

Acts of anti-Semitic graffiti are also becoming more prominent and anti-Semitic comedians are becoming increasingly popular.

According to The Huffington Post, the three groups of people in France who are the most anti-Semitic views are the far-right National Front, far-left Left Front and Muslims.

“Muslim respondents were two and even three times more anti-Jewish than French people as a whole,” Rodan-Benzaquen and Foundation for Political Innovation General Director Dominique Reynié wrote. “Thus, for example, 19 percent of the entire French sample adhered to the idea that Jews have ‘too much’ political power, but the rate was 51 percent for all Muslim respondents.”

They also noted that “religiosity” was a driving factor toward anti-Semitim among Muslims, as “37 percent of those born in a Muslim family without religious involvement thought Jews had too much political power, but 49 percent of Muslim believers thought so, and 63 percent of believing and practicing Muslims.”

Millière points out that Islamists in France frequently give anti-Semitic speeches in Mosques and disseminate anti-Semitic propaganda from selling the likes of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to teaching it in various schools.

And yet, French officials have done little to combat this due to political correctness. For instance, French President Emmanuel Macron called for the country to “rise up today alongside French Jews to fight with them against these disgusting attacks,” but on Holocaust Remembrance Day he didn’t “say a word about Jews or the Holocaust.” Journalists who try to expose the anti-Semitic and anti-Christian sentiments in certain Muslim neighborhoods in France get slapped with charges of “incitement.”

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