Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 11 May 2012

En France, l'écriture sur le mur

Ever since Napoleon emancipated French Jewry – the Sephardim of the south-west first and then the Askenazim of the north-east – citizens of the Jewish faith have served the Republic well.  There were three Jews on General de Gaulle's Algiers-based Comité français de la Libération Nationale, which kept the anti-Nazi struggle alive during the dark days of Vichy; two of these men (René Mayer and Pierre Mendes-France) later served terms as France's prime minister during the 1950s, and there have been many Jewish public figures (including 1930s premier Leon Blum) before and since.

It's been a striking fact of modern history that, in marked contrast to, say, Britons, Germans, and Italians, French people seldom emigrate, the French Canadians being a notable exception to this rule. 

However, for increasing numbers of French Jews, that remain-at-home trend seem about to change.

 "I cannot recall having seen such a massive number of people interested in aliyah since the days when lines of people stretched out of the Israeli embassy in Moscow," remarked Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, who attended the Jewish Agency's aliya fair in Paris (held last Sunday, presidential election day), which this year attracted a record number of visitors – 5000 compared to the usual 2000.

Given recent events, including horrific Islamist violence against Jews of which the massacre at the Ozar HaTorah school in Toulouse is the most recent example, which, given its nature, even leftist mainstream media outlets like the BBC (so prone to turn a blind eye to Muslim-on-Jew violence) could not ignore, it is hardly surprising that an increasing number of France's 500,000-strong Jewish community is concluding that it might be best to find a haven away from Eurabia.

They have noticed the writing on the wall. (See also here)

Here, for instance, are antisemitic Israel-haters who following the announcement of Nicolas Sarkosy's defeat at the polls celebrated outside the Bastille:


French a tad rusty?  Despair not! For further details see here and (especially, as it's choc-a-bloc with photos) here

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