Although French troops were deployed to guard Jewish schools across Paris on Monday, many Jewish parents kept their children home, fearing more violence against Jews after last Friday’s bloody murder of four Jews in a kosher supermarket.
Military spokesman Colonel Benouit Brulon said 900 troops were deployed around the city, and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve echoed that 4,700 security forces would eventually guard France’s 717 Jewish schools, but that came as small reassurance to Jewish parents of the city, who have watched murderous attacks on the Jews of France increase in recent years.
Raphael Atlan, who directs one of the Jewish schools, said at least 20 per cent of his pupils were absent, calling it a “a huge number.”
As Tabletmag.com reports, nearly 7,000 French Jews emigrated to Israel in 2014, more than double from 2013. Tablet.com listed the incidents in 2014 alone that caused Jews to flee:
March 2, 2014: A Jewish man is beaten on the Paris Metro by assailants who reportedly told him “Jew, we are going to lay into you, you have no country.”
March 10, 2014: An Israeli man is attacked with a stun gun in the Marais district.
March 20, 2014: A Jewish teacher is attacked leaving a kosher restaurant in Paris. After breaking his nose, the assailants drew a swastika on his chest.
May 15, 2014: A Jewish woman was attacked at a bus stop in Paris’ Montmartre district by a man who shook her baby carriage and said, “Dirty Jewess, enough with your children already, you Jews have too many children, screw you.”
June 9, 2014: Two Jewish teenagers and their grandfather are chased by an ax-wielding man and three accomplices as they walk to their synagogue in the Paris suburb of Romainville on Shavuot.
June 10, 2014: A Jewish teen wearing a yarmulke and tzitzit is attacked with a Taser by group of teens at Paris’ Place de la République square. In Sarcelles, two Jewish teens wearing yarmulkes are sprayed with tear gas.
July 10, 2014: A 17-year-old Jewish girl is pepper-sprayed at Paris’ Place du Colonel-Fabien square.
July 14, 2014: Anti-Israel rioters attack the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue on Rue de la Roquette
Sept. 2, 2014: Two French teenage girls are arrested for plotting to blow up a synagogue in Lyon. A Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence source said the teens were “part of a network of young Islamists who were being monitored by security services.”
Nov. 12, 2014: In a new spree of anti-Semitic incidents in Paris, a kosher restaurant is firebombed, and a Jewish student wearing a yarmulke is assaulted outside his private high school.