The Troubling Question in the French Jewish Community: Is It Time to Leave?

How can anyone be allowed to paint a swastika on the statue of Marianne, the goddess of French liberty, in the very center of the Place de la République?”

That was what the chairman of one of France’s most celebrated luxury brands was thinking last July, when a tall man in a black shirt and a kaffiyeh leapt to the ledge of Marianne’s pedestal and scrawled a black swastika. All around him, thousands of angry demonstrators were swarming the square with fake rockets, Palestinian and Hamas flags, even the black-and-white banners of ISIS. Here, barely a mile and a half from the Galeries Lafayette, the heart of bourgeois Paris, the chants: “MORT AUX JUIFS! MORT AUX JUIFS!” Death to the Jews. It was Saturday, July 26, 2014, and a pro-Palestinian demonstration turned into a day of terror in one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of the city.

  • Alain

    If those remaining are having to ask the question this late in the game, I have to wonder. Mind you I well understand how difficult it must be to be forced to uproot and leave the place where you were born and raised just as generations of relatives before you, but the writing on the wall cannot be missed.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The writing was already on the wall 120 years ago when Theodor Herzl covered the Dreyfus Affair. By the way, those French Jews who have made their way to Israel in recent years tend to be techies, not couturiers or gastronomes.

      Some French Jews are eying Montreal as the place to resettle.

  • Xavier

    Please come to America. We need you to help stop Sharia here.

  • simus1

    If your leaders don’t have the guts to give insurgent muslims a taste of the steel fist in a steel glove, leave as quickly as you can, because time is not on your side.

  • Shebel

    Maybe a very simple question—Should guide Politicians.

    What have Jews done that is good for your Country?

    What have Muslims done that is good for your Country?

    Try and answer HONESTLY.

  • Helios Megistos

    The Republic must be dissolved and its entire leadership put in chains; a monarchist military junta must then proceed to do what must be done; anything less will ensure the complete destruction of France including the pillaging and burning and destruction of all of the country’s museums and cathedrals!

    • andycanuck

      And American drinkers will undoubtedly support a return of the Bourbons to the throne!

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Kentucky allows its individual counties to decide whether alcoholic beverages may be permitted or prohibited. Thus Bourbon County is dry while Christian County is wet.

        • Alain


  • Clear Thinker

    And what do the liberal Juifs of America think about all of this?

  • marty_p

    There’s lots of opportunity in Israel for French Jews:,7340,L-4676931,00.html