Monday, November 07, 2005

A7: Jewish Agency Reports First Growth in Aliyah Since Intifada

Arutz-7 reports:

(IsraelNN.com) The new Jewish Agency Chairman Ze'ev Bielski announced that this year will see the first rise in immigration since the start of the Palestinian Authority-based terrorist war against Israel, five years ago. He made the statement as part of his first report to the Knesset Aliyah and Absorption Committee.

"We are expecting about 23,000 to 24,000 new immigrants this year," Bielsky said, "thanks to the increase in aliyah from France and from North America. At the same time, nearly 80% of North American Jewry has never been to Israel, has not even visited." To address that issue, Bielsky said, the Jewish Agency would be emphasizing the Birthright program and the Trek program, which focus on bringing Jewish youth to Israel to promote familiarity and Jewish solidarity.

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