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January 31, 2015 / 11 Shevat, 5775
 
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Rising Anti-Semitism Driving Jews to Israel

European Jews are being targeted nearly daily in anti-Semitic incidents, community leaders warn.
An anti-Semitic poster seen in Europe.

An anti-Semitic poster seen in Europe.
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The majority of those who moved to Israel last year came from areas in the former Soviet Union, mostly Ukraine and Russia, according to figures released Tuesday from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

Immigration rose by just two percent, with the arrival of 16,884 new immigrants (olim) — but the lion’s share were from eastern Europe. Of those who were not from the FSU, 17 percent came from France, 13 percent arrived from the United States and eight percent flew in from Ethiopia. 

What a difference a year can make.

This year’s figures are likely to show an increase, given the brewing attempt by Russia to re-swallow Ukraine, and the rapidly rising anti-Semitism in France.

The Jewish Agency released a statement that by the end of March 854 French Jews arrived in Israel – a 312 percent increase over the same period a year earlier.

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Cantor also is warning that Jews are being targeted nearly daily in anti-Semitic incidents. He adds that increasing numbers of Jews are contemplating aliyah as an option – and that most are looking for a way out of Europe.

In Ukraine, the Jewish mayor of Kharkov was shot in the back and critically wounded by unidentified would-be assassins earlier this week. Israeli doctors were sent to the eastern Ukrainian city to attend to Mayor Gennady Kernes; upon seeing the extent of his wounds, it was decided to airlift him to Israel for advanced medical treatment.

 

A third of those polled by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency in 2013 said they avoided wearing religious-appearing clothing and/or symbols due to fears of being identified as Jews. In addition, 23 percent stayed away from Jewish events and venues.

In 2013, Europeans formed the majority of immigrants – 64 percent – followed by those from the Americas and Oceania (21 percent), Africa (9 percent) and Asia (6 percent), according to the CBS report. Immigrants from the Americas – more females than males – settled primarily in the central region, in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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40 Responses to “Rising Anti-Semitism Driving Jews to Israel”

  1. Cris Burns says:

    Have u guys ever wonder why? Seriously…

  2. Greg Hampton says:

    10And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

    11And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

    12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:10-12

  3. Wilbur Jones says:

    Bring em home… amen…

  4. The complte regathering of the remnants , hello rapture.

  5. Romeo Singh says:

    ELOHIM BLESS AND PROTECT ISRAEL

  6. Lize Bartsch says:

    Joel 3: 12-17 “Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest its ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the YHVH is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the YHVH will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am YHVH your Elohim dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her anymore.”

  7. Time to enable any Russian jew to make alia before the wheels come off!

  8. Mats Hansson says:

    God bless Israel.

  9. Haim Kohen says:

    No dout yes I go for it

  10. NEED TO GET THEM HOME.ISREAL…

  11. John Keytack says:

    This is all part of the “gathering.” It was prophesied, and is meant to be. :-)

  12. # # # it is a good thing.

  13. Those of us that tithed to the “International Fellowship of Christians and Jews,” The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews did so knowing the money went to bringing Jews back to Israel, especially those living in fear such as those in Ukraine. This has been going on for a long time, as I remember giving to them for this cause back over a decade ago.

  14. Carl Marc says:

    I call for the return of all jewish ancestry people around the world….return now..

  15. Helman Gary says:

    it is happening i america people all over again ?????? state is god ??

  16. The Word says that this would happen to bring His people home. Praise the Lord!

  17. Jim Jonas says:

    So the United Nation voted gave Israel this Land,United Nations gave Paleistine there Land in 1948.

  18. Wish my wife and I could move there.

  19. Michael Snow says:

    Diaspora in reverse. The people are coming home!

  20. Gene Strong says:

    Israel should take.full.control.and annex Jerusalem Gaza and west bank.
    Deport.any dissenter instantly…

  21. Karen Bryant says:

    God is in control . The rest of us can pray for every Jewish person everywhere .

  22. The UN gave the bedouins and displaced Arabs/muslim, Jordan. It was designated for them!! There were no ‘Palestinians’! The land had always been called Palestine, but there was no people group called Palestinians. The land languished without the Jews. These so-called ‘Palestinians’ tried to go to their native lands, but those countries sent them back!!! Jordan, which was created for these people, would not let them even enter!!! They wanted a group there to foment hatred toward the new state of Israel!!! And they have been used as pawns and slaves of those nations ever since.

  23. Karin Moore says:

    HE said HE would bring them back!

  24. No to a two-state solution!!! NO!!!!

  25. ISRAEL: the leader of the Free World………..Jerusalem: the Capital of the World…………PEACE FOREVER…

  26. Zecharia 10:
    8
    “I will whistle for them to gather them together,
    For I have redeemed them;
    And they will be as numerous as they were before.

    9
    “When I scatter them among the peoples,
    They will remember Me in far countries,
    And they with their children will live and come back.

    10
    “I will bring them back from the land of Egypt
    And gather them from Assyria;
    And I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon (Edom’s not going to like that!)
    Until no room can be found for them.

    11
    “And they will pass through the sea of distress
    And He will strike the waves in the sea,
    So that all the depths of the Nile will dry up;
    And the pride of Assyria will be brought down
    And the scepter of Egypt will depart.

    12
    “And I will strengthen them in the Lord,
    And in His name they will walk,” declares the Lord.

  27. JoAnn Fay says:

    God bless Israel.

  28. Peggy Green says:

    Get ready people – God is calling his children home. Joel 2 coming to pass right before our eyes.

  29. Donna Tucker says:

    It’s a blessing they have someplace to move to.

  30. WELCOME HOME! BERUCHIM HACHORZRIM HABAITA.

  31. Tony Bruan says:

    Get out of these historic hot beds of anti-Semitism, who wants to spend ones life with haters, racists, homophobes and out and out vile creatures. There are as many anti-Semites today as there has ever been in these countries, if not even more, it is a “CLEAR AND PRESENT” danger to live amongst a large percentage of their population, for Jews and other minorities, Don’t press envelope on your safety if you are Jewish, get out now!!! Who would want to enhance countries like these by living there anyway???

  32. Lupe Phares says:

    The Lord said in the last days Iz will Draw you back. He never said how?

  33. I hope they take all their money and businesses and enhance israels economy

  34. Bob Roberts says:

    prophecy fulfilled.

  35. All of us should pray for everyone, not just our own “people”. We’re all God’s children, and it’s up to us to pray for Muslims who have been taught to hate Jewish and Christian people. Likewise, we should do the same for Jewish and Christians who hate Muslims.

    What happens when two persons live righteous lives, have different religions, and both end up in heaven?

    God will love them the same and that’s what he expects of his children.

    Hopefully, someday, I’ll be able to visit Israel, and maybe I’ll understand.

    May God bless everyone with love and understanding.

  36. Robert Kubik says:

    Anti Semitism, German People is on the way back to this what was before German People is the same we before, The German Hitler Gen is the same we before, in all people it is you must do only of german quälen und das gen kommt heraus….. You know what is Antichristin Zeck or chip ? that what staying that you can pay or not with this ist of germanerfunden von den deutschen scheinbar,,, that knows Antichristin Chip, Dehabrierungschip, or sexy chip or RFID the same of german grösse

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