June 17, 2004


Proposed campaign to promote aliya angers French Jews (Ellis Shuman June 14, 2004, Israeli Insider)

Roger Cukierman, the head of CRIF, the umbrella group of France's Jewish organizations, expressed shock at media reports stating that the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency planned an intensive campaign to persuade French Jews to emigrate to Israel. A recent survey found that some 6% of French Jews expressed willingness to come to Israel because of rising anti-Semitism.

On Friday, 17-year-old yeshiva student Yisrael Yifrah was stabbed in his north Paris neighborhood by a Muslim man who punctuated the act with the cry "Allahu Akhbar." French Prime Minister Jean Pierre Raffarin and other French leaders expressed their disgust at the attempted murder.

When the prime minister visited the Yifrah family, Yisrael's father turned to Raffarin and said: "I regret emigrating to France. When we left Morocco I never imagined that one of my children would be lying in the hospital because of a Muslim who sought to kill a Jew."

Cukierman said France's 600,000-strong Jewish community, Europe's largest, was worried by anti-Semitic attacks, especially on children, "but we have to keep calm and not panic," Reuters reported.

Cukierman's son Eduard, who made aliya 20 years ago, told Maariv that he wanted to ask his father, leader of French Jewry, "when would he stand before his community and say the time has come to move to Israel? Would this be when Jews are murdered in the streets of Paris?"

It seems safe to say that someone who didn't learn a lesson from French collaboration in the Holocaust is unteachable.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2004 3:48 PM
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