Caroline Wyatt, BBC News’ Religious affairs correspondent wrote this piece on Jewish fears for safety in the wake of the Paris attacks in which Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is extensively quoted.
‘The Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism in the UK, Laura Janner-Klausner, went to Paris.She travelled with a Muslim colleague to join the march with well over a million others, to show solidarity with the French, of all faiths and none. She said they wanted to demonstrate that all communities could work together to counter the hatred and extremism manifested in the attacks last week.
“Some parts of the Jewish community in Paris were still suffering from the trauma of what happened there,” she said.
“Some had heard the shots being fired at Charlie Hebdo, so they were frightened.
“Some were tearful, and emotional. But they were not saying, ‘Now we are going to pack our bags and leave.’
“They were saying,’ This is our home, and we don’t want the narrative to be that we are leaving because of this.'”
Nonetheless, she said that anti-Semitism in France was more obvious and public than in the UK.
“There, the anti-Semitism can be palpable, whereas in Britain what we generally experience is a wonderful sense of integration.
“This is where we live, this is where we want our children to go to school and grow up. If the worst happened in the UK, which it could, this is still our home.”‘