The Jewish Question: Then and Now

Himmelfarb, Gertrude. "The Jewish Question: Then and Now." The Weekly Standard, June 20, 2016.


Since the Charlie Hebdo affair a year-and-a-half ago and the gratuitous, as it seemed, attack on the kosher supermarket in Paris, the condition of Jews in France has been a subject of much discussion and concern, and not only in France. An article in the London Telegraph immediately following those murderous events was headlined “Anti-Semitism in France: The Exodus Has Begun.” In fact, both antisemitism and the exodus had begun before (and continue today). A recent article in the Washington Post, “Jews Anxious About Future in France,” cites the statistics of emigration resulting from a “wave of anti-Semitic violence.” This was all the more anxious-making because it was taking place in France, “the historic fount of liberty, equality and fraternity.” A leader of the Jewish community declared: “Jews—who have been living in France for 2,000 years and have been full citizens since 1791—now feel that they are looked upon as second-class citizens.”

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