Aliyah Update

ICEJ readies for Aliyah surge in 2010

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10 Jun 2010
Aliyah Update

Since the beginning of 2009, aliyah to Israel has increased dramatically worldwide. The global economic downturn and a recent surge of anti-Semitism have been driving this unexpected rise in Jews returning to their ancient homeland. At the same time, Israel’s own stable economy and brighter job market have been a beacon drawing other Jewish people home.

Last year’s war in Gaza sparked angry anti-Israel protests around the world, leading to violent incidents against Jewish communities abroad, including in Europe and the Americas. In France, the number of anti-Semitic attacks doubled in 2009. French Jews who fled North Africa in the 1950s found a haven there until a more recent flood of Muslim immigrants followed, bringing troubles for Jews. Yet once again, the aliyah from France has increased.

The lingering recession has also spurred Jewish aliyah in North and South America, especially from Argentina.

With the economic difficulties came budget reductions in the organisations which help with aliyah. The Jewish Agency for Israel has appealed to the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem for help with new programs designed to help immigrants just after they arrive in Israel. In July, there will be a large flight originating from Brazil which will bring Jews from all overLatin America. Please join with us to support this project.

In times of trouble, Jews come to Israel for refuge. We are now in one of those times when serious help is needed.

Last December, the ICEJ assisted 85 South African Jews with a fast-track absorption process, as they fled a terrible crime wave.

In Belarus, the ICEJ has been assisting up to 500 Jews a year to leave this terribly repressive country led by the last dictator in Europe. And in the Baltic states, the bad economic conditions are causing many Jews to leave.

In Sweden, the ICEJ has been sponsoring flights for Jewish families driven out by a wave of Muslim and Leftist anti-Semitism which sympathizes with the Palestinians and harasses the local Jews. Many were once Danish Jews who had come to Sweden during World War Two in the famous overnight rescue effort from the Nazis.

ICEJ is working in Uzbekistan where the situation is getting tougher for Jews, as new laws have restricted Jewish education.

In Russia, the government has clamped down on two Israeli consulates giving immigration visas for Jews, forcing many applicants to travel long journeys to Moscow across the vast nation’s 11 time zones. But still the aliyah from the former Soviet Union is up about 20% each of the past two years.

Most newly arrived Jews are very happy to be in Israel. They feel safe and secure among their own people. They find greater opportunities for their families to work, learn, and live a Jewish lifestyle.

But outside Israel the world is becoming a more dangerous place for Jews. One recent global study found there were 1,129 violent anti-Semitic incidents in 2009 compared with 559 in 2008.

Today, Christians have an opportunity to assist Israel in bringing more Jews home. In the midst of economic hardships and resurgent anti-Semitism, thousands of Jewish families will be returning to Israel.

Please give generously to help the ICEJ meet this need.

And make sure to mark the box for “Aliyah and Absorption”.

 

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