Emigration of French Jews to Israel on the rise

14th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 13 (AFP) - More than 1,750 French Jews will have emigrated to Israel this year by the end of July, a 40 percent increase over the first seven months of 2004, the Jewish Agency in France estimated Wednesday.

PARIS, July 13 (AFP) - More than 1,750 French Jews will have emigrated to Israel this year by the end of July, a 40 percent increase over the first seven months of 2004, the Jewish Agency in France estimated Wednesday.

In 2004, a total of 2,415 French Jews moved to Israel, agency director David Roche told AFP, saying the agency hoped that 3,000 Jews would make the move this year.

A marked rise in the number of anti-Semitic acts committed in France in recent years has put the country's Jewish community, the largest in Europe at about 600,000 strong, on edge.

But Roche said the increase in the numbers of emigrants to Israel was not a matter of "distress, but rather personal choice", explained by "an improvement in relations with Israel" and "a clearer perspective in the Middle East".

The Jewish Agency in France put the number of French emigrants at 2,313 in 2003 and 2,566 in 2002.

Since Israel was founded in 1948, about 76,000 French Jews have left their homeland to live in the Jewish state, Roche said.

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