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As Anti-Semitic Violence Escalates and Jewish Businesses Attacked, Jews Flee France

| by Lina Batarags

In the span of ten days in mid-July, more than one thousand Jews reportedly fled from France to Israel.

The past weeks have seen multiple pro-Palestinian riots that began as protests against Israel’s response to indiscriminate rocket fire originating from the Muslim extremist group Hamas in Gaza.

Breitbart reports that what have begun as protests, however, have “consistently devolved into an anti-Semitic anarchic frenzy.”

Last week, in a scene eerily reminiscent of Kristallnacht, chants of “Gas the Jews” and “Kill the Jews” could be heard as thousands of people attacked Jewish businesses.

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Posters could be seen bearing the words, “Come equipped with hammers, fire extinguishers, and batons.”

The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy issued a joint statement condemning the anti-Semitic acts that have arisen out of these anti-Israel demonstrations.

“We strongly condemn the outrageous anti-Semitic statements, demonstrations and attacks in our countries in recent days,” the joint statement said.

Although Israel’s Operation Protective Edge into Gaza has certainly contributed to the condemnable treatment of Jews, Jews in France were already being treated poorly back in June, when tensions were relatively calm in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

In June, thousands of Jews fled from France and sought new lives in Israel, citing Islamic anti-Semitism and extreme xenophobic biases.

In fact, emigration from France is expected to surpass emigration from the U.S. in 2014.

The first three months of 2014 saw a 40-percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the first three months of 2013. In this first quarter of 2014, the French government reports that 169 separate anti-Semitic incidents were reported.

In May in Toulouse, anti-Semitic inscriptions were found bearing the words, “SS,” “Hitler burned 6 million Jews and forgot half,” and “Long Live Palestine.”

The largest Jewish and Muslim populations in all of Europe can both be found in France: the country has approximately 500,000 Jews and some five millions Muslims.

Sources: Breitbart, JTA

Photo Sources: Glenn Beck, Jewish Exponent