A study soon to be released will reveal France as Europe's "most dangerous place to be a Jew," according to author Judith Miller.
"The most dangerous place to be a Jew in Europe today is France — that's the conclusion of an as-yet unpublished, two-year report on anti-Semitism in 11 European countries, conducted by former NYPD commissioner Raymond W. Kelly for Ronald S. Lauder, the former U.S. Ambassador to Austria," Miller reported for City Journal.
Lauder, the president of World Jewish Congress, asked Kelly "to assess the growth of the anti-Semitism sweeping Europe and suggest practical ways to strengthen the security of Jewish communities and institutions," she wrote.
France has the third-largest Jewish community (450,000) after Israel and the United States, but the French Muslim population is around 6 million, with a projected 50% increase by 2050, "even with no additional immigration," according to the report.
"Radical Islam is universally seen in France as a physical threat," Kelly's report concluded, per Miller. "And this more violence-prone anti-Semitism is certain to worsen."
Anti-Semitic attacks increased by 74% from 2017-'18 and another 75% last year, according to the report.
"While the report doesn't urge Jews to emigrate, it suggests a bleak future for those who remain, given the projected population growth among French Muslims," Miller wrote.
"The report recommends more than a dozen steps that the government and French Jews could take to reduce the threat," she continued. "It urges the leading Jewish security organization, the Jewish Community Protection Service, to establish a Security Operations Center, which can monitor security cameras in synagogues and other major Jewish hubs, and to create a 'crime prevention unit' to examine the security of Jewish locations.
"The Jewish community itself needs better-trained professionals and volunteers to enhance security, not only in Paris but also other regions where many Jews live. French law enforcement should establish 'fixed visible police posts' in places where Jews have been attacked and establish specialized regional 'hate-crime" investigative units. And France should enforce its stringent hate-crime laws."
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