Editorial of The New York Sun | August 14, 2012
The escape of Jews from France, which has been picking up pace in the past decade, “may soon reach much more important proportions.” That is the prediction in an important dispatch by the French newspaperman Michel Gurfinkiel and issued this week by Pajamas Media. The prediction comes eight years after Prime Minister Sharon of Israel publicly called on Jews to get out of France and fewer than four months after three Jewish school children and their teacher were murdered at Toulouse.
It turns out, Mr. Gurfinkiel reports, that the killings at Toulouse, while denounced at the highest levels in the Fifth Republic, have actually increased anti-Semitic tendences in France. Even Jewish leaders who have sought a modus vivendi in France are warning that young Jews no longer see a future in the country. This is a story one isn’t getting from the major newspapers or from our own state department.
Mr. Gurfinkiel quotes a rabbi at Paris as telling him: “Any time young people approach me in order to get married, I ask them various questions about their future. Eighty percent of them say they do not envision any future in France.” Mr. Gurfinkiel wrotes that he has heard “similar statements from other French rabbis and lay Jewish leaders.” He quotes a leader at Lyons as confiding to him, “We have a feeling the words are on the wall now. It is not just our situation in this country deteriorating; it is also that the process is much quicker than expected.”