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French Exodus: 'When Jews Flee, a Nation is Sick'

Before World War II, Jews waited too long to leave an increasingly anti-Semitic Europe and ended up trapped. Jews in France don't want to make the same mistake again. Read Transcript


IN THE SUBURBS OF PARIS A

JEWISH FAMILY GATHERS TO READ

THE TORAH. SOON THEY WILL BE

GONE. THEY ARE PART OF A

NUMBER

OF JEWS LEAVING FRANCE BUT THE

FUTURE LOOKS TOO DANGEROUS.

BEFORE WORLD WAR II JEWS

WAITED TOO LONG TO LEAVE AND

THEY WERE TRAPPED. FRENCH JEWS

DON'T WANT TO MAKE THE SAME

MISTAKE. THEY SHOUTED "WE

DON'T

WANT JEWS" AND GAVE THE NAZI

SALUTE AND A CHILLING REMINDER

OF THEIR PAST WHEN THEY WERE

DEPORTED INTO CAMPS. THIS

FAMILY AGREED TO BE INTERVIEWED

ONLY IF THEY WERE HIDDEN AND

FEAR SOCIETY. THEY WANT TO

LEAVE ON THEIR TERMS INSTEAD OF

SOME DAY FLEES FOR THEIR LIVES.

WE'RE NOT AFRAID BUT SEEING

THE MURDERS LAST YEAR AND WHAT

HAPPENED AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM

IN

BRUSSELS WE ARE AFRAID FOR OUR

CHILDREN AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN

TO THEM AND THINK ABOUT IT

EVERYDAY.

MOTHER IN THIS JEWISH FAMILY

HAS BEEN CALLED A DIRTY JEW BY

THE NEIGHBORS. SHE INSTRUCTED

HER DAUGHTER HOW TO PUT THE

STAR

OF DAVID INSIDE WHEN THEY.

OUTSIDE AND WARNED THEM TO

BE CAREFUL.

THEY HAVE WARN THEM WHEN

THEY WERE YOUNG AND I SAID

MAYBE

IT'S BETTER NOT TO WEAR THEM.

THERE IS TALK IN THE

COMMUNITY IT'S TIME TO LEAVE.

THIS IS THE DEPUTY MAYOR OF

THE CITY AND A JEW.

YOU CAN'T HAVE A DINNER, A

CONVERSATION WITH A JEW,

WITHOUT

HAVING THIS TOPIC MENTIONED.

SHALL WE STAY OR SHALL WE LEAVE?

THERE ARE ABOUT 400,000 JEWS

IN FRANCE AND OUT NUMBERED BY

MUSLIMS BY 15 TO ONE OR MORE.

THAT GAP IS GROWING EVERYDAY.

THERE HAVE BEEN CLOSE TO 8,000

ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS AND THE

DANGER IS INCREASING. CITIZENS

HAVE LARGER DEMONSTRATIONS AND

12,000 JEWS WERE CAPTURED

INSIDE

AND HE SAYS THE NUMBER OF JEWS

COMING FROM A CERTIFICATE OF

JEWISHNESS GO IT TO ISRAEL HAS

GONE UP OVER THE LAST YEARS.

IT STARTED LAST JULY. WE

HAD

REQUESTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND

OTHER COMMUNITIES IN PARIS.

PEOPLE WHO CAME TO US AND

REQUESTED CERTIFICATES FOR THE

JEWISH AGENCY IN THE HOPE OF

POSSIBLY GOING TO ISRAEL.

IT'S ESTIMATED THAT AS MANY

5,000 JEWS COULD LEAVE FRANCE

THIS YEAR. THE EXODUS OF THE

JEWS IS A DISASTER FOR THE

FRENCH GOVERNMENT WHICH

CONDEMNS

THE ATTACKS BUT CAN'T STOP THEM.

LET ME EMPHASIZE WE DON'T

LIVE IN A ANTISEMITIC COUNTRY.

THIS IS THE PAST PRESIDENT

OF FRANCE'S NATIONAL

ASSOCIATION

OF JEWS.

I DO NOT ACCEPT THE FACT

THAT FRANCE IS AN ANTI-SEMITIC

COUNTRY. IT'S NOT. THIS

GOVERNMENT -- THE PREVIOUS

GOVERNMENT HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO

ANTI-SEMITIC IDEAS.

THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT IS

DOING WHAT IT CAN BUT IT'S

DIFFICULT TO DO MORE BECAUSE

THE

PROBLEM IS SO OVERWHELMING.

THE

GOVERNMENT CANNOT PREVENT EVERY

ATTACK.

JEWS BLAME THE MEDIA FOR

THE

RISE IN ATTACKS BECAUSE IT

ATTACKS ISRAEL ON A DAILY BASIS.

THE MEDIA IS FIGHTING

AGAINST ISRAEL AND THE JEWS FOR

MORE THAN A DECADE.

WE ALL FIT WITH THE IMAGE

OF

ISRAEL THAT IS CONTINUOUSLY

REPEATING ITSELF.

WHEN YOU WATCH TV, WHEN YOU

LISTEN TO THE RADIO OR READ

NEWSPAPERS YOU FEEL HATE

MESSAGES AGAINST ISRAEL.

NOT ALL FRENCH JEWS ARE IN

DANGER AND NOT ALL JEWS LEAVING

FRANCE ARE DOING IT BECAUSE OF

ANTISEMITISM. THERE ARE

LEAVING

BECAUSE OF THE BAD ECONOMY AND

THREE OUT OF FOUR ARE THINKING

ABOUT LEAVING AND WORRYING

ABOUT

ANTISEMITISM.

WE ARE CONCERNED NOW THAT

THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T SET THINGS

RIGHT TO STOP THE ATTACKS AND

THAT WORRIES ME.

FRENCH JEWS FACE A PERFECT

STORM WITH A WAR IN GAZA, AND

GROWING NUMBER OF MUSLIMS AND

THE FAR RIGHT NATIONAL FRONT.

JEWS ARE BEING INSULTED AND

THREATENED BY MUSLIMS ANDS ALSO

MEMBERS OF THE FAR RIGHT AND

LEFTISTS WHO HATE ISRAEL.

THIS FAMILY IS LOOKING

FORWARD TO THE NEW LIFE IN

ISRAEL WITHOUT PERSECUTION.

WE CAN BREATHE FREELY IN

ISRAEL AND SEE MY CHILDREN LIVE

FREELY AS JEWS THERE.

THE LEADERS KNOW WHEN JEWS

HAVE TO LEAVE IT MEANS THE

NATION IS SICK.

IT'S A LITMUS TEST OF WHAT

IS GOING ON. IT'S NOT JEWS

THAT

WILL LEAVE THE COUNTRY AND IT'S

THE ENTIRE WORLD INCLUDING THE

UNITED STATES.

CBN NEWS PARIS.

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