Israeli minister calls for French Jews to emigrate immediately after Islamist beheading

The Israeli minister who oversees the immigration of Jews from around the world to Israel has called on French Jews to “make Aliyah”, or emigrate to Israel, immediately following the beheading in southeastern France.


In a statement released to Newsweek, Zeev Elkin, the Israeli Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption minister, addressed France’s Jewish community, telling them to move to the country in order to seek protection from anti-Semitism and the terror of “Isis activists.”


“I call to the Jews of France to come home, the anti-Semitism is rising, the terror is rising, by reports, [Isis] activists are killing in broad daylight,” he said. “We are ready to welcome with open arms the Jews of France and by all predictions we are expecting massive Aliyah waves.”

“I’m happy that the call centers of the Ministry of Absorption will be working this summer overtime, the government has set a special budget and we will double it if needed,” he added. “This is a national assignment, with high importance.”


The brutal attack in southeastern France saw a man known to intelligence services launch an attack on a gas factory, where he left a decapitated body and head on the compound’s fence with an Arabic message written on it. A black Islamist flag was found at the scene. The suspect has been arrested and identified by French authorities. The victim is yet to be identified, and their religion is unknown.

The attack comes just six months after the deadly attacks in Paris in which three Islamists carried out separate two attacks on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, killing 17.

Following that attack, similar calls were made by the Israeli government for European Jews to emigrate to the country to protect themselves from such attacks, with another deadly attack against a Jewish symbol taking place at a Copenhagen synagogue in February.

In the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told European Jews that “Israel is your home” in an attempt to lure them to the country, to the chagrin of French President Francois Hollande.

“To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home,” Netanyahu said in a televised statement.

“All Jews who want to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed here warmly and with open arms. We will help you in your absorption here in our state that is also your state,” he added.


Last June, eight French synagogues were attacked in the space of one week during the Gaza conflict, with crowds chanting “Death to Jews” and “Slit Jews’ throats,” according to France’s Jewish umbrella group, Crif.


The problem is not confined to France, however. Holland, with a Jewish population of 30,000, has experienced a 71% increase in anti-Semitic attacks from 2013 to 2014. In January, the United Nations convened its first-ever meeting o

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to Foreign Affairs and Defence committee chair Zeev Elkin during a committee meeting at parliament in Jerusalem June 2, 2014.Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to Foreign Affairs and Defence committee chair Zeev Elkin during a committee meeting at parliament in Jerusalem June 2, 2014.Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

n the rise of anti-Semitism across the world.

Report – Religion and Diasporas: Challenges of the Emigration Countries

Religion and Diasporas – Challenges of the Emigration Countries


Jocelyne Cesari, Religion and Diasporas: Challenges of the Emigration Countries, INTERACT RR 2013/01, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, San Domenico di Fiesole (FI): European University Institute, 2013.


Using the theoretical framework of transnational studies and sociology of religion, this paper identifies  the most significant factors that influence the religious dimensions of the emigration countries: the majority or minority status of the migrant group in the receiving countries as well as the pre-existing level of politicization of religion in the sending countries. It shows that the interactions of sending and receiving countries take place in religious terms in a broader transnational space including deterritorialized religious and political actors.

“A Minaret in Every Provincial Capital”

(Immigration and Integration, Muslim Advocacy and Organizations)
22 August 2010
The outgoing president of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria (IGGiÖ), Anas Schakfeh, has stated in a recent interview with the radio program Ö1 that he hopes that every Austrian provincial capital will eventually have a mosque, with a minaret. Considering the number of Muslims in Austria stands at half a million, there are simply not enough places of worship.
“Mosques should not be hidden, but hidden things are always problematic and suspicious,” said Schakfeh. “We want to be normal citizens of this country.” With regard to the minaret, Schakfeh stated that similar to Christian churches many elements can be negotiated, however “a church has a structure, a form of architecture. And a mosque has a form of architecture as well.” The height of the minaret can be discussed, and loudspeakers are not a necessity either. Just as there are many different Islamic styles for prayer houses, Schakfeh believes that “a middle-European style may develop.”
The IGGiÖ is also planning to open a local branch in every provincial capital. The timing is not arbitrary, as starting in April 2011 a new representation will be elected by Austrian Muslims.
Schakfeh also criticized the government’s recently proposed “German language prerequisite” for immigrants to Austria as “simply unfeasible.” Most migrants would first have to migrate to a large city in their own country to attend the classes before being able to immigrate to Austria, thus necessitating a double emigration.
Finally Schakfeh stated his opposition to a ban of the burqa. “We do not recommend this form of the veil,” he continued, however a ban would be counterproductive because it would lead to the social isolation of those women who wear it. According to Schakfeh, the most important thing is being able to guarantee that women are making the decision of their own volition.

18% of Immigrant Men Plan to Leave Netherlands

Trouw reports on a survey released by the national statistics bureau (CBS). According to the survey 18% of immigrant men have plans to live abroad temporarily or for good, compared to 7% among ethnic Dutch men. The number of women with plans for emigration is significantly lower but is twice as high among immigrants than among ethnic Dutch. In the past months the number of people with emigration plans decreased as some families are deciding not to emigrate due to the economic crisis.

More than 900 Africans died in 2007 on way to Spain

At least 921 would-be immigrants died in 2007 in attempts to reach Spain from Africa, according to a Spanish human rights group. The figure only reflected confirmed deaths, said the Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos Andalusia, putting the real death toll at an alarming minimum of 3,500. Most deaths of the victims resulted from drowning, or hunger and thirst aboard their vessels. Among the confirmed victims, 287 came from Maghreb countries including Morocco and Algeria, while the other 629 were from other African countries; five were from Asia. The organization said that Spain and the European Union continued to ignore the root causes of emigration, and these kinds of casualties are the result of adopting extremely repressive frontier policies.

Ireland: Islam now Ireland’s third largest religion

Islam is now Ireland’s third largest religion after a 70 percent surge in the number of Muslims in the country between 2002 and 2006, according to official data released Thursday. For decades Ireland was a country of emigration but the 2006 Census showed a surge in immigration in a decade of the so-called Celtic Tiger economic boom has resulted in 420,000 of the population being born outside the country.