Euro aliyah high­est ever

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

JEWISH EM­MI­GRA­TION to Is­rael from Western Europe has reached an all-time high, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased last week.

The Jewish Agency re­vealed that 9,880 Western Euro­pean Jews had made aliyah in 2015 — the high­est num­ber ever recorded.

The vast ma­jor­ity — nearly 8,000 — came from France, a coun­try that has been suf­fer­ing from re­peated an­ti­semitic at­tacks.

Fig­ures re­leased by the Jewish Agency ear­lier in the week showed that the num­ber of Jews from the UK mak­ing aliyah in 2015 rose by al­most 25 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year, mak­ing it the third high­est aliyah fig­ure in a decade.

Ac­cord­ing to Span­ish news­pa­per LaVan­guardia, aliyah from Morocco is ac­cel­er­at­ing fast. It re­ports that, in 2014, a to­tal of 729 peo­ple em­i­grated to Is­rael from the North African coun­try, up from 297 the pre­vi­ous year.

The main rea­son for the ex­o­dus are in­creas­ing fears of ter­ror at­tacks.

A ji­hadi-style video posted on the in­ter­net last Oc­to­ber con­tained im­ages of prom­i­nent Moroc­can Jews and urged Mus­lims to “cut off the heads” of Is­raelis.

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