Tracking hate in Europe - Need To Know

Tracking hate in Europe

SALVATORE CAPUTO | Assistant Managing Editor | Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:00 am

There’s an often-repeated assertion that Jews are fleeing France in droves because of anti-Semitism and an inimical security situation for the Jewish community there – especially in the wake of the 2012 slaying of a rabbi and three Jewish children in Toulouse by a radical Muslim gunman. Yet, although aliyah is up by a significant percentage over the previous year, there is no sign that the French Jewish community is making aliyah en masse, said Andrew Srulevitch, the Anti-Defamation League’s director of European affairs, during a recent visit to the Jewish News office.

“This is a community of close to half a million people and from 1968 up until today, if you look at the statistics for aliyah to Israel, [the number] bounces between 1,500 and 4,000 a year, but that’s a quarter-percent to a half-percent or so. And so when you read about French aliyah has jumped 63 percent over the past year, that’s true, but that’s essentially going from about a half-percent to little over a three-quarters of a percent,” said Srulevitch, who was in Phoenix recently to speak at an ADL luncheon.

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