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Sunday, 1 November 2015

ADL director urges French Jews to stay despite rising anti-Semitism

PARIS (JTA) — Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, encouraged the Jews of France not to leave their country despite increasing anti-Semitic violence there and a rise in the far right’s popularity.

Greenblatt, who is in Europe on his first working trip abroad as the ADL’s national director, made the statement on Sunday during a panel discussion at the annual convention of CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities.

Asked whether he believed French Jews should consider emigrating if Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front party, should make gains in the 2016 presidential elections, Greenblatt said he was not an expert on French politics, but added: “This is your country and I don’t think we should allow her or anyone to take it away.”

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