‘Every Single French Jew I Know’ Leaving France, Says Prominent UK Jewish Journalist
The editor of Britain’s storied weekly Jewish newspaper The Jewish Chronicle has said that this week’s terrorist attacks in Paris will force larger numbers of Jews to leave France.
“Every single French Jew I know has either left or is actively working out how to leave,” said the newspaper’s editor, Stephen Pollard, on Twitter.
Pollard added, “So, it’s a fluke that the latest target is a kosher grocer, is it?” in a reference to the kosher supermarket in eastern Paris where four hostages died after it was seized by an Islamist terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly.
“What’s going on in France – outrages that have been getting worse for years – put our antisemitism problems in perspective,” Pollard said.
In an oped for the Daily Telegraph, Pollard observed that “when it comes to home grown anti-Semitism, France leads the world.”
Pollard wrote: “A survey last year from the European Jewish Congress and Tel Aviv University found that France had more violent anti-semitic incidents in 2013 than any other country in the world. Jews were the target of 40 per cent of all racist crimes in France in 2013 – even though they comprise less than 1 per cent of the population. Attacks on Jews have risen sevenfold since the 1990s.
“No wonder Jewish emigration from France is accelerating. From being the largest Jewish community in the EU at the start of this decade, with a population of around 500,000, it is expected by Jewish community leaders to have fallen to 400,000 within a few years.”