Many young French Jewish people are moving to Israel because of growing anti-Semitism in France. This entails them having to do military service in the Israeli army. But many identify strongly with the Jewish state, 70 years after its founding.
The World Jewish Congress has slammed a Polish town's beating and burning of an effigy of Judas as promoting anti-Semitism. The Catholic Church has banned the pre-Easter practice and says it glorifies violence.
In France, home to Western Europe's largest Jewish community, anti-Semitic attacks rose to 74 percent last year. Germany and Britain, too, have seen an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in the past few months.
After 50 worshippers were murdered in Christchurch and last year saw more than 800 attacks on Muslims in Germany, calls for an Islamophobia commissioner are growing. An anti-Semitism commissioner took office in 2018.
Increasing anti-Semitism and a general feeling of foreignness are pushing more and more German Jews to move to Israel. Despite the many obstacles that stand in the way, they seem to have no regrets.
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