Israel is expecting a huge surge in the numbers of French Jews migrating, after last week’s attacks in Paris killed four people at a kosher supermarket.
Since the killings on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the French Jewish community to consider the move – but some have accused him of “opportunism” in the wake of attacks that have left the country reeling.
“The state of Israel is your home,” Netanyahu said in a statement addressed to Jews in France and throughout Europe on Sunday.
His government will be setting up a special task-force to help encourage migration to Israel from France and “other countries in Europe that are suffering from terrible anti-Semitism”.
Anti-Semitic attacks and incidents in France more than doubled during 2014, according to figures from the French Ministry of Interior.
In the wake of Friday’s attacks, security has also been stepped up at Jewish schools and other “sensitive sites” in France.
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