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On Friday, May 15th 2015, a Jewish teenager was leaving his home in Paris when he was attacked by four young men. He was harassed for wearing his kippah, and subsequently beaten. During the attack, the assailants used the teen’s own cellphone as a weapon, smashing it into his eye, leaving him with permanent partial vision loss. The attack was unprovoked, it was malicious, and it was a blatant case of anti-Semitism. As evidenced by this case in Paris, Jewish people around the world, particularly youths, still face dangerous, rampant, and even violent anti-semitism. In many parts of the world, Jewish youth fear going about their daily routines; going to the synagogue, community centre, and even school, have become risky endeavors. The concern grows for these Jewish teenagers, as it is incredibly difficult to imagine what it must be like to fear for your life in a place that you call home: somewhere you should feel safest.
[ 15 ] Summer 2015 ORAH Magazine
Because of the French Na’aleh program at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, this is not where these stories have to end. Na’aleh at CHW Hadassim provides a safe haven for Francophone youth from countries across Europe who are suffering from rising Anti-Semitism. Education must remain a priority, especially in these pivotal developmental years. CHW understands that safety of students should not be negotiated in order for them to pursue education. At CHW Hadassim there is no trade-off. Education should be a right, not a privilege.