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April 22, 2016 9:38 am

Growing Number of French Jews Move to London Following Attacks

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The London Clock Tower. An increasing number of French Jews are moving to France to start over. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The London Clock Tower. An increasing number of French Jews are moving to France to start over. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

For Kevin Nakache, the breaking point came last year. First, one of his friends was gunned down in the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris a few days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Then, in October, Mr. Nakache’s former Hebrew teacher barely escaped a knife attack in Marseille, his hometown in southern France, where violence against Jews is on the rise.

Fed up, Mr. Nakache decided last fall to follow many other French Jews and leave the country. But rather than going to Israel, an increasingly popular destination for those choosing to leave France after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, or the United States, Mr. Nakache chose to emigrate to London. In so doing, he joined a growing stream of French Jews who see the British capital as a convenient and less threatening option as France grapples with the radicalization of young Muslims and a rise in antisemitism.

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  • Sherlock Holmes

    Overtones of the Kindertransport, when Parliament pased a law allowing an unlimited number of endangered Jewish children to enter the UK on the period leading to WW2. British diplomats in Germany — Frankfurt and Berlin — gave unlimited numbers of visas to endangered Jews, adults and children, to go to the UK. Robert Smallbones and Frank Foley rescued tens of thousands. Solomon Schonfeld and Nicholas Winton rescued thousands of children.

  • UR

    I wonder if this is a bit like the German and Austrian Jews who fled to Paris in 1933 thinking it was safe. Are these French Jews not aware of the fact of rising antisemitism in the UK and dangerous trends which suggest that if there is difference between UK and France, it’s just a matter of time before that difference is erased.

    • Sherlock Holmes

      You raise a good point, but there are other factors to consider. It’s easier to continue running a busness in France from London than from Irael. The UK is less than five percent Muslim, while Israel is about 20% Muslim. More Jews are attacked in Israel than in the UK, where most attacks on Jews are perpetrated by Muslims.

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