Redaktøren av Storbritannias Jewish Cronicle, Stephen Pollard, sier at terrorangrepet på den jødiske butikken ikke var noen tilfeldighet. Politiet beordret i dag alle jødiske butikker og restauranter i Paris til å stenge. Også på steder som lå langt unna gisseldramaet.
For bare 18 måneder siden hadde Frankrike rundt 500.000 jøder blant befolkningen. Den største gruppen i Europa. Men nå er det, ifølge Jewish Cronicle, under 400.000 igjen.
Mr Pollard said: ‘It is the largest emigration of Jews anywhere since the war. That’s a simple fact.
Last summer the new Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, admitted there was a mass exodus of Jews leaving the country for the UK, other parts of Europe, Israel and North America.
Mr Korsia said this was a ‘warning signal’ for France.
He said: ‘Jews have been killed and there were the shootings in Toulouse and in Brussels. In general, Jews feel vulnerable in our society.
‘The Jews who were murdered were targeted specifically because they were Jewish.
‘This means France hasn’t found the words and actions necessary to reassure them.’
Joel Mergui, lay chairman of the National Union of French Synagogues, added: ‘At some synagogues, whole benches are suddenly empty.’
Strasbourg-born banker Myriam Amsellem left France for London because the UK is ‘safer and freer’ than her home country, where she claims Jewish traditions were stopped.
She told the Jewish Chronicle last year: ‘We feel a lot more comfortable here. I look at France now and I know I would not want to be there.’
Se også Stephen Pollards innlegg i The Telegraph.
Israels statsminister Netanyahu har bedt om at Frankrike opprettholder et høynet sikkerhetsnivå for jødiske institusjoner også etter at ting har roet seg. Netanyahu tilbød Frankrike Mossad-hjelp under gisseldramaet.