Photo Credit: Haim Zach / GPO
Photo of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu with Western peace-making world leaders at Paris anti-terror march; French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen at right.

French President Francois Hollande told Jews this week, “Your place is here; France is your country.”

“You, French people of the Jewish place, your place is here, in your home. France is your country,” French President Francois Hollande told French Jews in a speech to mark 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camps.

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Hollande seemed intent on rebuffing remarks by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu who told traumatized Jews after a series of horrifying terror attacks in Paris that the Jewish State and the Jewish People – their people – waited to welcome them home. Netanyahu told French Jews they were no longer trapped in Europe to suffer anti-Semitic attacks as they once were decades ago because Israel exists now, today.

“France is your homeland,” Hollande contended on Tuesday in his speech to Jews at the Shoah Memorial in Paris. He vowed to combat the “unbearable” rising anti-Semitism in France, which he said would protect “all its children and tolerate no insult, no outrage, no desecration.”

In the presence of five Holocaust survivors of the camps, Hollande asked rhetorically, “How in 2015 can we accept that we need armed soldiers to protect the Jewish of France?” He promised to continue protection at Jewish institutions such as synagogues, schools, community culture centers and businesses.

Yet a French soldier “protecting” one of those sites himself became a liability within just a few days: a burst of gunfire suddenly was heard as the soldier accidentally hit the trigger while playing with his assault rifle. Miraculously no one was hurt.

Anti-Semitic attacks in France doubled last year to nearly 1,000 incidents.

The series of attacks that sparked a four million-strong protest in France began Jan. 7 with a Paris bloodbath at the French satiric weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 12 people were slaughtered and others wounded.

That launched a three-day series of terror attacks culminating in a hostage crisis and murder of four victims with others also wounded by a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery in Paris.

Three other attacks were carried out by the same terrorists, who included a team of two brothers who were members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

A fifth member of the cell surrendered earlier in that week of terror; a sixth fled the country just prior to the final siege. At least half a dozen others who collaborated in the attacks were at large but were being hunted down and detained.

Currently in France there are some 550,000 Jews, in contrast to more than six million Muslim immigrants. Last year some 7,000 Jews left France, more than twice as many as in 2013. It is expected that at least 10,000 will abandon the country in 2015 due to rising anti-Semitism.

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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.

30 COMMENTS

  1. Don't get sentimental ! They don't like jews anyway, they just love their
    money and business…. they have to much to loose !
    Knowing that the jews are always the targets in France and Europe since years, I don't understand why there was no guard at the Kosher-Supermarket's entrance ?

  2. He must be out of his mind. Nostalgia or satisfying French egos is no reason to stay. We have been a diaspora people. No longer, we have a homeland, Israel. French Jews, run for your lives, your children's lives and the lives of your grandchildren. My grandparent fled the Pale of Settlement with not a dime to their name, illiterate, and no skills. French Jews are educated, can take Ulpan classes, mingle with the ton of French immigrants already there and be secure in the knowledge that their lives won't be endangered by antisemetic French/French Muslim immigrants, can walk the streets and not be raped or firebombed and will not have to hide they are Jewish to stay alive. Why stay is the better question. France is their homeland – if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you for $100. The French don't even want Jews, they love, aid, support and give succor to their Muslim Terrorist Jihadist hordes and revile Jews.

  3. My father Jacob Rosenberg, of blessed memory was in Auschwitz. Contrary to what we are told, the passage of time does not ease our pain, nor does it diminish the scope of the horror that was the Holocaust. Oh yes, there are those, few in number, who feel that it is psychologically healthier to avoid reminders that keep painful and unpleasant events alive. Why subject our young to the brutal story of Nazi bestiality toward the Jewish people? What purpose will it serve? It would be wiser not to talk about it so that it can disappear. Never! We must never stop telling this story. Tell it we must, in every gory detail! We must do this because it is our sacred duty to alert them to the evils of men, so that they will never be lulled into a false sense of safety and security. We must alert them so that our children will be vigilant and will never be caught unaware as were the Jews who perished in the Holocaust.of the Holocaust alive”. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg 2g.

  4. Francois Hollande literally is shaking already!
    He made a public statement already on the eve of Unity march saying ” France without Jews is no longer France”
    God will always fulfill what he declared from the beginning no matter how impossible it appears.

    France president should be given holy scriptures to realize certain truths on Gods amazing promises for Israel that they will all return back to Israel.
    Killing in Kosher Supermarket fulfills Jeremiah 16:16,
    ( read verses 14-18) to understand the whole picture.

    “GOD IS NOT MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE, OR A SON OF MAN, THAT HE SHOULD CHANGE HIS MIND..” Numbers 23:19

  5. Bullsht, the French like most of Europe prefer to have more Muslims, so if all the Jews leave Europe there would be more room for Muslims, and I am sure with more Muslims, the economy should improve, level of education will rise and freedom and democracy will reign just like it is in all those other Muslim countries Iran, Arabia, Egypt, Syria etc etc, 50 years after the holocaust, nothing has changed will we never learn.

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