|Charley, I bet your Jewish inlaws too don't plan to relocate in Israel, now do they??|
Wednesday August 29, 2001 Elul 10, 5761
Israel Time: 06:55 (GMT+3)
Wanted immigrants from Argentina, France and S. Africa
By Yair Sheleg
he Kiryat Bialik model seems to have worked. There are already 150 Argentinian families, totally some 700 people, in the town. And other towns, like Kiryat Gat, Upper Nazareth, Ashkelon and others have followed suit, sending their mayors to Argentina to meet with prospective immigrants, offering them housing and employment.
For the Jewish Agency, the project is part of a larger scheme to try increasing immigration from the West, because of the assumption that the reservoir of potential
immigrants in the former Soviet Union is shrinking rapidly.
Two other countries are on the Jewish Agency's radar: France, where the 600,000
mostly North African Jews, the largest Diaspora community outside of the U.S., have
been encountering a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents and the Agency is counting
on their sense of isolation in a country with 6 million Muslims; and South Africa,
where the country has seen a drastic drop in the standard of living due to declining
foreign investment, as well as a steep rise in crime.
France has potential, say Jewish Agency officials like Mike Rosenberg, the current
Immigration Department chief, because of the strong links between the community
and Israel. But agency officials admit that French Jewry meanwhile regards the
upsurge in anti-Semitism as a temporary affair resulting from the impact of the
In South Africa, Jews are ready to pack up and leave, but 80 percent of those who do are choosing other destinations, with Canada and Australia topping the list.
What a load of rubbish! Of course French Jews don't feel like moving in Israel! They quietly run half of France already.... How could they feel "isolated" or threatened in a country where most of the media/showbiz is run by them? The largest French advertising firm, Publicis, is run by Maurice Levy and owned by Bleustein-Blanchet heirs (Elisabeth Badinter whose husband was Chief Justice with France's Supreme Court). France's top car maker Renault is run by CEO Schweitzer and its Japanese subsidiary Nissan by another French Jew, Carlos Ghosn... The current Jospin administration is notoriously pro-Israel and harbors a dozen Jewish Ministers and high civil servants... As for France's 5 million Muslim worshippers, they're nowhere in the power chain.... they can't even build a mosque --they're barely allowed to pray in filthy, disused warehouses... Disgusting!