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Synagogue in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, rebuilt. Original synagogue was destroyed during Kristallnacht, 1938.

Israel Ambassador to Germany, Yaakov Hadas-Handelsman, has joined Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in politely urging European Jews to “consider Israel your home.”

Speaking in an interview published Sunday in the Tagesspiegel daily, published in Berlin, the ambassador said he “does not envy any Jew living in Europe today.”

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He said that those who feel unsafe in light of the recent deadly attacks aimed against Jews in various countries should feel welcome to come to Israel “at any time.”

Hadas-Handelsman had especially high praise for Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel for making it clear that “it is not normal for synagogues and Jewish schools to need police protection.”

Last July, a synagogue in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia which originally was burned down during Kristallnacht but was subsequently rebuilt was firebombed.

Anti-Semitism in the country in general is on the rise, according to the Central Council of Jews in Germany, as it is in other countries across Europe.

In October 2014, the ‘Die Rechte’ political faction wrote to Mayor Ullrich Sierau in the city of Dortmund, demanding to know the exact number and addresses of all the Jews, saying the information was “relevant for our political work.”

The demand was refused and the letter was passed to the Interior Ministry of the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia, which is “looking at ways to legally ban the party,” whose numbers are growing, according to the Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism (CFCA).

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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.

18 COMMENTS

  1. When I did Aliyah and arrived to the city of Ariel in Samaria, I saw how organize the whole process took me from attending the Jewish agency all the way to settle in my new Apt for only $550. I did Aliyah after my army pension started. But not everyone has an income but during my Aliyah I met others families with children and single Olin, immigrants, one lady from California which workers as an instructor in The university she ends up moving to Tell Aviv and work for Microsoft since her field was in computer. Another single lady was a private investigator in LA she knew Hebrew and works for a company that trace credit cards purchase by consumer to make sure they are the owner of credt card and the right patients to buy that prescription .
    You are taught Hebrew in an ulpan. I just knew few words and the Alef beis only. My son too but now he speak college Hebrew since he serve in the idf. I volunteer as a driver to a company that bought land from “Palestinian “that didn’t want to get involved with the PLO, Hamas etc and after the transaction were done legally, my job was to pick up these Jews which came to Israel and drive the all over Israel where they bought land and turn that land in resort, homes, and vineyard, etc. I drove through Nablus, Ramalah, Afulah, Shomear places that you don’t stop and pump gas or stop to buy a soda BC it’s danger but it was necessary to drive through BC the land to sale it was on the other side of the Palestinian settlements. Others families open up their own business such as plumber, electritian, and many are writers or photographers. One thing is for sure the Jewish mind is very creative and know how to survive. The main things is to learn to compromise and relearn to start again and again.

  2. Israel speaks more than 70 languages. So languages it’s not an obstacle. I speak two and half Spanish, English and some Hebrew and still learning. We have French, German, Russian, etc. Any where a Jew live out side of Israel he brings that language with him and that one that was your first language it turns to be your second language BC Hebrew become your first language. Once I went to the market, and ordered one pound of red meat, the butcher started yelling in Hebrew at me, I looked that everybody was looking at me, BC I was still looking at him. I turn to him and said in Spanish ” give me one pound of red meat ” he smiled and said in Spanish back to me; that he understood to not yell at him. Then I said: ok do you do.understand me BC if no I will start speaking Chinese ; everyone started to laugh.
    The point is: life comes in a box of sweet chocolate. Why not spicy it a little bit.
    Be creative and humorous.

  3. It is a very very sad thing that Jew even feel that they are not safe and /or not wanted in some countries. This gentile loves Jews and Israel and i hope and pray that my country (Canada) will never make Jews ever feel that they should leave…G_D will continue to bless Canada if we continue to bless Israel…

  4. This truly IS a difficult situation for a Jew: on the one hand, the Jewish Holy Books urge all Jews to return home as it is going to be their only safe place for them to be on this planet of ours. On the other hand, many family histories are closely linked to European countries.
    If it were me, I would listen to The One Who has their best interests at Heart: The God of their fore-fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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