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Anti-Semitism at schools aliyah factor, French Jewish leader says

(JTA) – Rampant anti-Semitism in French public schools and threats against Jewish ones are spurring Jewish emigration, a leader of French Jewry said. “The atmosphere for Jews in France is pretty bad,” said Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF federation of French Jewish communities. The choice for parents, he added,” is either to send children to public schools, where they may be beaten and insulted [for being Jews] or to send them to Jewish schools, where they may be targets for fanatics and murderers. This is why we see more and more people deciding to go to Israel.”

Cukierman also spoke of mixed feelings regarding the deployment of 10,000 French troops around Jewish schools and institutions following the attack. “On the one hand, we are satisfied with that,” he said. “On the other, imagine children seeing in front of the school army personnel with machine guns and imagine the parents when they have to think that they are leaving their children in a situation which may become dangerous.”

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