Year of terror drives French Jews to Israel

Around 8,000 French Jews were expected to have arrived over the course of the year, a spokesman for Israel’s immigration ministry told AFP, noting it would be an “all-time record”. Final data for 2015 was not available yet.

France’s Jewish community is estimated at between 500,000 and 600,000 people, the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

In January, after four Jews were murdered in an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an invitation to French and European Jews to emigrate.

French immigration to Israel this year rose by 10 percent compared with 2014, according to the Jewish Agency, a semi-official organisation that oversees Jewish immigration to the country.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Israel has augmented its staff at its French embassy and consulates to expedite processing of immigration applications. The coastal city of Netanya now has a large French-speaking community.

  • Brett_McS

    Because of the Palestabians and the Palestonians, a Jew is currently more likely to be attacked in Israel than France. The trend may well reverse that situation in the coming years, though, especially as Jews leave France and the security forces in Israel continue to improve.

    • Minicapt

      The danger of attack may be greater in Israel than France, but the cases of recidivision have been greatly reduced in Israel.


    • Alain

      I disagree. In spite of what we see in the news here Jews in Israel remain safer than in most of Western Europe or some places in Australia and North America.

      • Brett_McS

        I get my news from politically conservative Jews in Israel itself. That said, none of them would think of moving back to Europe. As Norman_in_New_York says, they are more in control of their own destiny in Israel, even if, for the time being, it is more dangerous.,

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The big difference is that Jews tend to feel powerless in Europe, while in Israel, they have assumed responsibility for their own destiny.

      • Brett_McS