leader of the French Jewish community said during a visit to Israel Tuesday that while in the past his community has supported Israel, now they are the ones in need of aid from the Jewish state.
Joël Mergui, president of the Consistoire, the umbrella organization of Jewish congregations in France, was part of a meeting of 20 European Jewish leaders at the Knesset Tuesday afternoon following the funeral of the four Jews killed during last week’s hostage crisis at Paris’ Hyper Cacher market.
Mergui told the group that the support from other Jewish communities gives French Jewry strength.
“We are in a difficult situation, and it is hard to describe how afraid our children are to go to Jewish schools in France,” he said.
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