The Jewish Agency, a nonprofit group that serves as the main link between the Jewish State and Jewish communities around the world, told Associated Press that Jews are leaving Europe in record numbers because of anti-Semitic attacks. The organization told AP: “9,880 western European Jews immigrated to Israel in 2015 – the highest annual number ever.
The figure is more than 10 percent over the previous year and over double the 2013 level. The vast majority, close to 8,000, came from France, where a rise in anti-Semitic attacks has shattered the sense of security of the world’s third-largest Jewish population.”
This hostile environment created by Islamic immigration to Europe may be prophetic. Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky is quoted saying, “A record number of European Jews feel that Europe is no longer their home should alarm European leaders and serve as a wake-up call for all who are concerned about the future of Europe.
At the same time, the fact that Israel has become the number one destination for European Jews seeking to build a better future elsewhere is a tribute to the appeal of life in Israel and the values the Jewish state represents.”
AP says Jews have been targeted in Belgium, Denmark and other European countries, but France has seen the worst of it. Jews have increasingly reported assaults and intimidation, mostly from Muslim extremists.”
AP reports, “France’s Jewish community of some 500,000 is the largest in Europe. Jewish schools and synagogues are often surrounded by soldiers in combat fatigues who patrol the streets with automatic rifles. Though Jews make up less than 1 percent of the population, French officials say more than 50 percent of all reported racist attacks in 2014 were directed against them.
Concerns about anti-Semitism in France had already been high, but 2014 saw a record number of French Jews immigrate to Israel. That figure was easily eclipsed in 2015, prompting French authorities to warn about a steeper decline and saying a future France without Jews would “no longer be France.”
France may no longer be France, anyway. According to muslimpopulation.com, in Western Europe, the percentage of the Muslim population is the largest in France, at 9.6% (64 million). French Jews know this better than anyone. This phenomena is causing European Jews to flock to Israel in record numbers.
Several prophets of the Bible, including Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah and others, prophesied that the Lord would gather God’s people to their homeland in the time of the end. For example, Isaiah 11:12 says, “And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” As the layers of prophecy unfold, the current record exodus of Jews from Europe to Israel may be a significant beginning.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!