More than 20,000 French Jews Have Moved to Israel in Past Five Years


franceMore than 20,000 French Jews have moved to Israel over the past five years, according to the Jewish Agency, with a record of over 7,200 French Jews making aliyah in 2014. More than 200 French Jews, half of them children, arrived in Israel as new immigrants on Tuesday.

Some 4,260 immigrants from France have arrived in Israel this year, an 11% increase over the same period in 2014.

“We are seeing an unprecedented wave of Aliyah from European countries, which indicates not only how Europe is becoming an uncomfortable place for Jews, but – even more importantly – the extent to which Israel is becoming a magnet for Jews interested in a meaningful Jewish life, in freedom, personal security, and a sense of belonging to a country that is integral to the future of the Jewish people,” said Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

{ Israel News Bureau}