The French medical brain drain: Jewish doctors leaving for Israel


French medical professionals are moving to Israel in droves. That’s entirely understandable, given what is going on. The rise of Jew-hatred is a result of the unprecedented migration of Muslims. Islamic antisemitism – it’s in the Quran. The idea that today’s France could or would keep the Jews safe is specious. It was France’s policy to import a veritable army of violent Jew-haters. These cretins can’t protect themselves from jihad terror, how could they possibly hope to save their Jews?

Jews are fleeing Europe en masse, and with good reason. They are every day more worried for their safety due to increasingly common experiences of Islamic Jew-hatred. The EU is making Hitler’s dream a reality – a judenrein Europe.

“The French medical brain drain: Why are so many doctors leaving for Israel?,” by Bernard Edinger, Jerusalem Post, October 5, 2017 (thanks to Mark):

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MICHEL ALIMI says he was shopping at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket just a couple of hours before an Islamist struck on January 9, 2015, shooting four Jews dead and holding 16 hostage before being killed by French police. Now, he, his wife and one of his daughters are moving to Israel.

The 62-year-old general practitioner says the attack, coming after other bloody instances of anti-Jewish violence by French Muslims, has sparked a wave of departures to Israel, including about 50 families from his own neighborhood of Saint-Mandé, on the edge of Paris.

But it’s not just the dangers of Paris life that have motivated hundreds of Jewish medical professionals to join thousands of other French Jews in moving to Israel. It’s also a slew of recent rule changes by Israeli authorities that will make the transition easier for people like him and daughter Aurelia, a 33-year-old pediatrician who specializes in pediatric oncology, who are preparing, or considering, aliya, according to Israeli officials in France and Israel.

France is recognized as having among the highest standards of medical care in the world, and there are thousands of Jewish doctors there, including many who have held prominent positions. André Lichwitz was Charles de Gaulle’s personal physician and Prof. Pierre Aboulker performed the French president’s prostate operation.

Dr. José Aboulker, a relative of Pierre, was a World War II hero who infiltrated Nazioccupied France as a secret agent and later headed the emergency medical unit that followed de Gaulle when he was targeted for assassination.

President François Mitterrand was twice operated on for prostate cancer by Prof. Ady Steg, and Dr. Bernard Kouchner was a founder of the international medical rescue group “Médecins sans Frontières” (Doctors without Borders) before becoming foreign minister.

Yet, immigration by French-trained medical professionals to Israel has long been problematic because of difficulties in getting their credentials recognized. Many French Jewish doctors have long alleged that the hurdles were placed by organizations of Israeli doctors to discourage competition.

Israeli officials say this is no longer a problem.

Ariel Kandel, former head of the Jewish Agency in France, is now director general of Qualita, a Jerusalem-based group aimed at smoothing the arrival in Israel for French Jews.

“There are, today, tens of thousands of Jews in France who are seriously thinking of moving to Israel,” he tells The Jerusalem Report. “We estimate that among them are hundreds of members of the medical professions. The figure does not include young people currently in medical school, but hundreds of young Jews each year begin medical studies in France.”

One problem for those wanting to settle in Israel has been that France doesn’t award an MD at the end of medical school (six years), but only after a further residency, or internship period, of three to five years. Most countries accept a French doctor as long as he or she has completed medical school, but Israel makes them wait until they receive the French MD degree, meaning they cannot practice medicine in the Jewish state until they are in their 30s.

The rules changed this summer when Israel finally recognized that a French diploma delivered after six years of medical school was equivalent to an MD elsewhere and that those French physicians who had completed at least one year of residency could continue that course in Israel where they would be practicing in hospitals. French medical school graduates who have not started their residency in France would spend an extra year of training in Israel and pass an examination before starting their residency there….

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