Which shitty little country saw the biggest emigration of Jews, heading for Israel?
I gave you a hint, but I’ll expand. At a diplomatic dinner in Britain some years ago, the French diplomat referred to Israel as a “shitty little country”. So we know the French attitude towards Israelis, and Jews. (We know it in more ways than this, naturally.)
Did you guess? France is our Winner!!! Congrats France! Keep the angry Muslim youth and keep the white supremacists, but disgorge your Jews:
According to the end-of-year figures released on Wednesday by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, aliyah hit a 10-year high in 2014 – with the arrival of about 26,500 fresh immigrants.
A total of 3,762 Jews from US and Canada and 525 from UK fulfilled their dream to immigrate to Israel in the past year, Nefesh B’Nefesh reports.
The year 2014 saw a 32% increase in immigrants, compared to the approximately 20,000 immigrants that made aliyah to Israel in 2013. For the first time in Israel’s history, France has topped the list of countries of origin for immigrants to Israel – 7,000 new immigrants from France arrived in Israel in 2014, more than twice as much as the 3,400 French immigrants who arrived last year. [More than twice as many – how impressive! – Aggie]
Furthermore, about 5,840 new immigrants came to Israel from Ukraine, compared to 2,020 in 2013. The 190% immigration increase was primarily due to the ongoing instability in the eastern part of Ukraine. [I always as this, but I’ll do it again – how is it even possible that Jews still reside in Ukraine? Jeesh. – Aggie]
Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky [Fun fact: Did you know that Natan Sharansky used to be known as Russian dissident and prisoner, Anatoly Sharansky, the Father of the modern Human Rights Movement? They hate him now, of course, because he is an Israeli Jews.] said, “2014 was a year of record-breaking aliyah. This year also saw a historic shift: For the first time in Israel’s history, the number of immigrants who came to Israel from the free world is greater than that of immigrants fleeing the countries in distress.
I’d like to comment on that last sentence. It is true, but also not true. French Jews are in real distress. France, while gloriously beautiful, is a shitty little antisemitic place where Jews cannot freely practice their religion, attend public schools in safety, or even attend private schools without being slaughter by “The French”. Do they even exist, “The French”? Why do they deserve a country? But I digress.
The other thing that is true is that Israel is booming. Great economy, great food, happy people, beautiful landscape and more safety from terrorism than in, say, Dijon, France. I’ve been several times, and the most recent trip highlighted the fact that it is a great place to visit, or even to live. This draws Westerners from shitty little antisemitic places, who in the past might have feared that their children couldn’t receive the education, or health care or whatever, that is available in said Shitty Countries. It is clear that you can raise a mathematician or a concert level violinist, or get excellent cancer treatment in Israel. Adorable kiddie might not become and Olypic level skier, but who cares?
And so the Jews who want to conduct their religious life, personal life and business life in peace and sanity are leaving. I’m told that coastal Natanya is called Little Paris for the food, etc. I’ll have to check it out next time.