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Ilana Medar, 18, of Paris, made Aliyah in 2014.

Aliyah to Israel from France has soared 25 percent so far this year, from 4,000 to 5,100, according to figures supplied by French Jewish officials.

A sharp increase in the number of Jews moving to Israel from France also was recorded in 2013 following the escalation of violent anti-Semitism.


This past Januury was particularly bloody for Jews in Paris, where four Jews were murdered in an attack on a kosher deli and a Jewish cartoonist was among 12 victims in the attack on the offices of Charles Hebdo satirical magazine.

Absorption minister estimates that 9,000 Jews will have moved to Israel from France by the end of this year, compared with 7,100 in 2014.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon angered the French government by publicly calling on Jews to “come home.”

The question remains whether Jews elsewhere in the Diaspora will “come home” only when their friends and relatives are being killed.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. The best response to the filthy Jew-hating wastelands of Europe is for Jews to leave for Israel. There is a reason these Jew-Haters after throwing Jews out, always begged for them to return. Without Jews they are useless, incompetent idiots, that needs Jews to succeed. Once Jews leave they are toast. This time around will be the last time they get Jews to save their nasty butts.

  2. I have to wonder if among the French leaving for Israel, is there the next Pasteur, Chagall, or the young scientist that creates cure for cancer! For Israel, more diverse culture and more scientists and doctors? Is anyone awake in Paris. Israel is walking away from Europe as it sleeps. It’s new interests are in the fat east with China, Japan, South Korea, and especially India! Israel will slowly loosen its tied to the U.S. as well! That’s a sure bet!

  3. The French don't have to worry if the Jews pull out with their wealth. The Muslims are just as thrifty, well educated, hard working and freedom loving as the Jews that are leaving. All one has to do is look at the improvements to the neighborhoods they live in.

  4. I suspect Mr Hecht has a sense of humour, his description of the Muslims of France, has to be a joke, who else murders their host countrymen, not that I have any pity for the French nation who so supported the Nazis, and helped in the mass murder, T.G there is Israel who will welcome the Jews of Europe, we must support Israel its our sanctuary and Jewish homeland.

  5. It took Spain five hundred and twenty three years to realise their " mistake " in expelling their Jews And now they want them back because they realize what they lost in expertise and energy Sorry for them but the bird has left the coop

  6. I would like to think Spain wants Jews to return. I understand that if they pass the requirements, they will have Spanish passports and citizenship and Spain makes it clear that they don't have to reside or even come to Spain.

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