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Feeling Threatened, French Jews Immigrate to Israel

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 French Jewish immigrants arriving in Israel (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 08:42 PM

Thousands of French Jews have immigrated to Israel in recent years because they "feel threatened," USA Today reports. 

According to Jacques Canet of La Victoire, also known as the Great Synagogue of Paris,  the number of French Jews immigrating to Israel rose from 1,900 in 2011 to nearly 8,000 last year, USA Today reports.

He tells USA Today the country’s 500,000 to 600,000 French Jews — the third largest Jewish population in the world — “feel threatened."

"Increasingly, Jews in Paris, Marseilles, Toulouse, Sarcelles feel they can’t safely wear a kippah [yarmulke, or skull cap] outside their homes or send their children to public schools, where Muslim children bully Jewish children,” Canet said.

A poll by the French Institute of Public Opinion in January showed 43 percent of France's Jewish Community are considering a move to Israel, and 51 percent said they have "been threatened" because they are Jewish, USA Today reports.

Although 2015 was a record year for French immigration to Israel, the numbers this year are lower, USA Today reports. As of August, 40 percent fewer Jews had arrived, compared to the same period last year, the outlet reports, citing data from the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Dov Maimon, a senior fellow at the think-tank Israel Public Policy Institute, said there are a number of reasons why, including increased security around Jewish institutions in France — and disappointment with life in Israel.

"They believed Israel would provide them with jobs and housing, but France is a welfare state. Israel is not," Maimon said.

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