... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


Aliyah an overview: the Jewish State of Israel Part III of IV - European Jews


There are Jewish people who do not make Aliyah, but who make preparations in case they decide to move to Israel. Since the mid 1990s there have been Jews from the United States and France who purchased property in Israel to potentially make Aliyah in the future. The French Jews experience increasing anti-Semitism and so do Jews in other European countries. Because of that more than 13,000 French Jews made Aliyah between 2000 and 2009. But, about 20% to 30% move back to France. Since 2012 about 300,000 French Jews live in Israel. In 2012 Aliyah from Europe brought about 3,243 Jewish people to Israel, which was an increase of 6% compared to the previous year. Aliyah from the Benelux – Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg – however dropped with 26 % that same year, to 209 arrivals in Israel.

According to Yinon Cohen of Tel Aviv University some 6,000 Jews live in France and a total of less than 3,000 lives in Spain, Italy and Portugal. The United Kingdom has the second largest population of Jews in Europe, approximately 300,000, with an estimate of 40, 000 living in London alone. Currently the Netherlands has a total population of about 41,000 to 45,000 Jews. 

Germany had a large Jewish population of 214,000 Jews before World War II. During the war 90% didn't survive the Shoah, Holocaust. Of the 100,000 German Jews who fled to other European countries a substantial number were killed by the Nazis who declared Germany as being judenrein (clean of Jews) or judenfrei (free of Jews) in 1943.Ultimately about 15,000 Jews survived and were joined by 200,000 Eastern European Jews whom were marked as displaced person (DPs) staying in Allied- and UN-administrated refugee camps. After the Israeli independence in 1948, most left and the 10,000 to 15,000 who stayed were joined much later in the 1990s by others when West and East Germany were unified. Today about 200,000 German Jews live in Germany, which is the third largest Jewish community in Europe.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: History