The Fate of French Jewry

14 Jan 2015

ISRAEL-FRANCE-ATTACKS-CHARLIE-HEBDO-DEMOThe attacks last week on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and on a kosher supermarket in Paris shocked the world with their brutality and complete disregard for innocent human lives.

Unfortunately anti-Semitic incidents against French Jews are nothing new. In recent months they have been growing in intensity and frequency, including an anti-Israel protest that quickly turned out of control this past summer.

With the latest terror attacks, French Jewry are questioning their future as a community. Multiple media reports in recent days have focused on the issue:

CNN: ‘Je Suis Juif’: Do Jews and France have a future together?

LA Times: Jews worry about their future in France after attack on kosher market

NPR: Many French Jews Choose To Leave France Because Of Anti-Semitism

JTA: After attack, spike in emigration could deplete France’s Jewish community

The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.