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French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia Rejects Israel's Calls For Aliyah

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19:  France's chief rabbi, Haim Korsia, discusses anti-semitism and terrorism at the Park East Synago
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: France's chief rabbi, Haim Korsia, discusses anti-semitism and terrorism at the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan February 19, 2015 in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and numerous prominent members of the Jewish community attended the event. France and other countries in the European Union have witnessed a sharp rise in anti-semitic attacks, which is leading many Jewish residents to move to Israel and the United States. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

France’s chief rabbi rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s suggestion that European Jews should flee to Israel.

“France without Jews is not France,” Rabbi Haim Korsia said, speaking at a press conference after a February 19 event with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan. “[Netanyahu’s] job is to say that.

“Our [job] is to give a real choice to French Jewish people,” he added. “And to have a real choice you have to be in security, in serenity, in France.”

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