Here's the least surprising news story of the still-young year: Jewish immigration to Israel from Western Europe reached an all-time high in 2015.

According to the Jewish Agency, as a link to the global Jewish community, 9,880 European Jews left their homes for Israel — the vast majority, close to 8,000, from France. That's twice the level of just two years ago.

The reason's obvious. Much of Western Europe has seen a definite and disturbing rise in anti-Semitism over the past 15 years. And nowhere more so than France — scene of a growing number of anti-Jewish attacks.

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