French immigration to Israel breaks 'all time record'

French immigration to Israel breaks 'all time record' as it has risen by 10 percent compared to 2014

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

New Jewish immigrants from France are welcomed by Israelis upon their arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on December 8, 2015 (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)

Israeli officials on Thursday said that French immigration into Israel has broken a record high in 2015, with the reason being "physical insecurity and financial uncertainty."

Around 8,000 French Jews are expected to arrive at the end of the year, a spokesman for Israel's Immigration Ministry told AFP, emphasising that it will be an "all-time record" high.

However, the final numbers have yet to be verified, as they are not available at the moment.

Last January, four Jews were killed during an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu called out to French and European Jews to migrate back to “their home,” Israel.

Responding to Netanyahu’s invitation, French President Francois Hollande, rejected his call and said that ‘’Jews have their place in Europe and in particular in France”.

French immigration to Israel this year has risen by 10 percent compared with 2014, according to the Jewish Agency, a semi-official organisation that “takes care of” Jewish immigration to the country.

"That growth is expected to continue for the foreseeable future," Jewish Agency spokesman Avi Mayer said.

"Strong and longstanding ties between French Jews and the Jewish state in the sense that Israel will afford them opportunities for a brighter future" led them to choose Israel, he said.

Israel has a Zionist policy know as aliyah, which convinces Jews from around the world to immigrate to “their home” as Netanyahu has said.

Furthermore, Israel demolishes Palestinian homes and builds illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territories to settle the immigrants.

According to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) Israeli forces have demolished 31 Palestinian homes from Sept. 13 to Dec. 11.

PLO reports that 30,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israeli occupation since 1967 with 3,000 destroyed in East Jerusalem alone.

Also, the Israeli Interior Ministry data shows that, some 14,500 Palestinians in Jerusalem alone have had their residencies revoked by Israeli authorities since 1967.

Approximately 400,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank in settlements that are largely condemned as being illegal by the international community as well as United Nations.


TRTWorld and agencies