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April 28, 2016 10:18 am

Marseille Synagogue to Become Mosque as More Jews Leave French City

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A man wearing a kippah.  A synagogue in Marseille will be converted to a mosque. Photo: Enough is Enough Facebook page.

A man wearing a kippah. A synagogue in Marseille will be converted to a mosque. Photo: Enough is Enough Facebook page.

A Marseille synagogue will be converted into a mosque as the Jewish population in the southern French city continues to dwindle, Newsweek reported on Wednesday.

The Muslim organization Al Badr Association purchased Or Thora synagogue and will reopen the religious site as a mosque this summer — hoping to cater to the overflow from the organization’s other mosque, filled to beyond capacity with a growing number of worshipers.

Or Thora, which was sold for $400,000, is located near the Saint-Charles train station. The synagogue sometimes had no more than 10 worshipers at once, though it has a capacity of 250, according to the French daily La Provence. In contrast, Al Badr’s mosque is often so full that congregants have no choice but to pray outside the complex on Friday, Islam’s holiest day of worship.

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Marseille has a population of 800,000, of which approximately 250,000 are of Arab descent, and some 80,000 are Jewish, Newsweek reported.

Elie Berrebi, the director of Marseille’s Central Jewish Consistoire, a body governing Jewish congregations, said many of the Jewish residents in Marseille are moving out of the city because of rising antisemitism in the area. He explained that more than 80 percent of Marseille’s Jews have stopped frequenting central synagogues, since the areas around religious sites are viewed as a high security risk.

A growing number of French Jews are looking to emigrate, predominantly to London and Israel, as France faces a rise in antisemitism mostly from radicalizated young Muslims.

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  • I forgot who said it, but I have not forgotten what he said:

    “A country who loses its Jews is doomed”

    What goes for a country, goes for a city.

  • Dani

    What a tragedy! France is becoming a Moslem countrywithout loosing a single battle!

  • French Jews should make Aliyah, and avoid emigrating to London. The future for Jewish Europe is Israel. And the future for native Europeans is the extinction of their culture.

  • Linda Rivera

    Horrible. Heartbreaking. Unbearable. Deeply distressing. God forbid that a synagogue is transformed into a mosque.

  • Myron Slater

    It serves them right! The French were so happy to welcome the Muslims, now they are paying the price! France is no longer a place for Jews, thay need to emigrate to Israel. I visited France some years ago and found them rude to Americans. Just wait, they will call America to save them again !

  • Isaac Brajtman

    Soon the French Christians will start emigrating too as it will only take a decade or two and the Moslem population will be the largest, and will control everything. So get used to Sharia , or leave

  • Leonard Feinman

    I can’t help but think this is following a pattern. Jews consecrate the land, and then a church or mosque is dedicated on that same ground.

  • HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

    France’s secular authorities are Submissive suicidal masochists just like the rulers of Spain during its Inquisition period!

    The Spanish Inquisition was created by the rulers Ferdinand and Isabella, primarily to hunt down and expose “occulted” muslims posing as Christians, to speed the re-conquest of Spain (which has been violently invaded, enslaved and raped by muslims for nearly 1,000 years). it wasn’t a Catholic or primarily ‘Christian’ project, it was a secular, nationalistic one.

    It was also not specifically nor primarily aimed at either Jews or ‘witches.” But it was based on islamic models, to fight fire with more fire.

    Some people assert that, once the Jewish people had left Spain for Baghdad and Persia, they found life better there than in Spain.

    I’ve found some quotes to counter that canard:

    The empires of Cordoba and Baghdad were brutal and intolerant. Moses Maimonides LIVED IN Cordoba and wrote of the muslims’ domination there and elsewhere:

    “No nation has ever done more harm to Israel. None has matched it in debasing and HUMILIATING us. None has been able to REDUCE us as they have…. We have borne their imposed degradation, their lies, their ABSURDITIES, which are beyond human power to bear…. We have done as our sages of blessed memory have instructed us, bearing the LIES and ABSURDITIES of Ishmael…. In spite of all this, we are not spared from the FEROCITY of their wickedness and their OUTBURSTS AT ANY TIME. On the contrary, the more we suffer and choose to CONCILIATE them, the more they choose to act BELLIGERENTLY toward us…”

    Maimonides also points to one of the reasons for Muslim hatred of Jews:

    Inasmuch as the Muslims could not find a single proof in the entire Bible nor a reference or possible allusion to their prophet which they could utilize, they were compelled to accuse us saying, “You have altered the text of the Torah, and expunged every trace of the name of Mohammed therefrom.” They could find nothing stronger than this ignominious argument.

    – Moses “RamBam” Maimonides was one of the greatest of Jewish philosophers.

    Does that sound like ‘a golden era’ for the Jews under islam?

    AND SO IT GOES IN ‘MODERN’ FRANCE, WHERE MUSLIMS ROUTINELY BURN CARS IN THEIR CITIES, AND IN RESPONSE TO ISLAMIC AGGRESSION THE FRENCH CEDE THEIR SOVEREIGNTY IN OVER 751 SO-CALLED “ZONES URBAINES SENSITIFS” (ZUS) OR SHARIA-ENFORCED INFIDEL NO-GO AREAS! Their Vichy government threw their Jews to the Nazis in the recent past, and now their socialists do the same for islam!

  • Sabu LeChat

    There is no better brick and mortar metaphor for Europe’s current state and dark future than a synagogue being converted to a mosque.

  • First they took over the Synagogues……and then the rest!

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