The Fellowship continues to bring Jews to Israel from France - along with many other nations around the world where Jewish people face violence and hatred. Haaretz provides a story of just why this is needed - French anti-Semitism is illustrated not just by dropping numbers of Jewish children in the country's public schools, but by a story from one of the school's principal:
A former principal at a preparatory school for teenagers in Marseille said he regularly advised Jews not to attend his institution for fear of harassment by other students.
The revelation, which has grabbed front-page headlines in the mainstream media in France, came in a newly published book co-authored by the retired principal, Bernard Ravet, and Emmanuel Davindenkoff, a Le Monde journalist.
In an interview for the L’Express newspaper, Ravet recalled one case in which he as the principal of a public school asked a counterpart from a private Jewish school in Marseille to accept an Israeli boy whose mother wanted to enroll him at Ravet’s school.
Ravet said he “knew the boy would get beat to a pulp” as soon as the other students realized he was an Israeli Jew...