Barricaded in Paris

Some further background on France and an exodus that is happening.

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A man stands before a monument in Lyon honouring Jews killed in the Second World War that was painted with a Swastika. Acts of desecration and violence against Jews in France have escalated since the Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, pushing many to leave for new homes abroad.

Barricaded in Paris
Mireille Silcoff, National Post
Saturday, November 19, 2005

French Jews are leaving the country in ever-growing numbers, fleeing a wave of anti-Semitism. They are moving to Israel, the United States, and increasingly, Montreal – where the mostly English-speaking Jewish community is preparing for its greatest demographic change in decades. In the first of three stories, Mireille Silcoff examines the fear in France that is driving the emigration.


Jew-baiting is but one bit of the ethnic disaster occurring in France today, but it is a telling bit: chiefly a case of entrenched European anti-Semitism against Arabs – who, let’s not forget, are Semites, too – helping kindle a violent anti-Semitism against Jews.


“But our future here is hard to envision, even if [we are] just looking at demographics.” There are 500,000 to 600,000 Jews living in France, and the population is dwindling. “There are six million Muslims,” he says, “and their population is growing.” Mr. Malka says even though most Muslims in France are moderate, “for Jews this is still not a comfortable situation, even from the standpoint of politics. For politicians, it’s plain where the votes are.”

“Sometimes it’s best,” says Mr. Barthel, "to just look clearly and say, ‘OK, it’s been nice in the past, but now it’s time to move on.’

“In the span of history,” he adds, “this is a not an altogether unfamiliar situation for us.”(story at link)
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Bump…a very good article.

Still a very good read about France.