Shaked: France is Still Living in Denial

MK Ayelet Shaked expresses hope that more French Jews will make aliyah, in the wake of the growing anti-Semitism in the country.

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MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) on Tuesday said a “wake-up call” was required in France amid a growing trend of anti-Semitism in the country.

Shaked’s comments were made during a gathering in support of Avraham Azoulay, who is running in the Jewish Home’s primaries. Azoulay is formerly a resident of the French city of Toulouse and the editor of Le P'tit Hebdo, a publication that caters to French speaking Jews worldwide.

"Minister [Naftali] Bennett recently returned from France and told that have to work to bring the French Jews to Israel. In recent months we are trying to ease the bureaucracy to olim (new immigrants) and I hope that more and more Jews from France will make aliyah," said Shaked.

"France is still living in denial, trying to contain and forgive but the French leadership needs to wake up,” she added, referring to Monday night’s attack, in which automatic gunfire was sprayed at the David Ben Ichay synagogue in Paris.

“They need to understand who they're dealing with. The real problem there is that there is growing number of Muslim voters,” Shaked said.

France has seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitism in recent years, and it flared particularly during this past summer's Operation Protective Edge, with violent protests in Paris

In one incident, hundreds of Muslim extremists attacked a major synagogue in Paris, provoking clashes with Jewish youths who rushed to defend the site and worshippers trapped inside.

Earlier this month there was a shocking robbery and rape attack committed against a young Jewish couple in Paris, which has led French politicians to condemn the steep rise of anti-Semitism.

Recent attacks have also targeted non-Jews. On Saturday, knife-wielding Bertrand Nzohabonayo attacked French police in a suburb of Tours while shouting "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is greater), leaving two officers seriously injured before being shot dead.

Then on Sunday, another man also yelled "Allahu Akbar" before ramming his vehicle into dozens of pedestrians in the eastern French city of Dijon. Thirteen people were injured in that incident, but officials brushed it off claiming no link to terrorism

The story repeated itself on Monday, when a van rammed into shoppers at a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes, injuring at least ten people. There again, the driver shouted "Allahu Akbar."