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Tel Aviv - Largest French Aliya Flight Of Summer Lands In Israel

Published on: July 20, 2016 10:32 AM
By: Jerusalem Post
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The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. Photo by FLASH90The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. Photo by FLASH90

Tel Aviv - The largest French aliya flight of the summer landed at Israel’s Ben-Gurion airport on Wednesday. More than 200 French Jews were aboard the flight, organized by the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Aliya and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA.

The arrival of the olim (new immigrants) comes days after a deadly terror attack rocked Nice, France. The Jewish Agency, however, emphasized that the flight was planned months ago without any connection to the recent events in France.

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“French Jews who immigrate to Israel are coming out of choice: they have a whole world of opportunities before them, and they are choosing to come to Israel,” Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky stated ahead of the arrival of the new olim. “Their choice demonstrates that Israel affords a sense of Jewish identity and attachment to those Jews who wish to take an active part in the Jewish story. We must do everything we can to ease their professional, educational, and personal integration into Israeli society and ensure that they feel at home from the moment they first set foot on our homeland’s soil.”

Sharanksy was due to greet the newcomers at the airport, alongside Minister of Aliya and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Keren Hayesod-UIA Chairman Eliezer Sandberg.

Half of the olim are teenagers, children, and toddlers who will join the Israeli education system at the end of the summer vacation. The olim also include several families in which three generations—grandparents, parents, and children—will be making aliya together. The majority of the olim will make their homes in Netanya, Raanana, Jerusalem, and Ashdod.

The French Jewish community is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world outside of Israel, after the US, from which a flight carrying over 200 olim arrived Tuesday.

French Jewish immigration to Israel has surged since 2012, breaking aliya records from other Western countries.

According to the Jewish Agency, almost 10 percent of the French Jewish community has immigrated to Israel since the year 2000, half of those in the past five years.

More than 30,000 immigrants arrived in Israel in 2015, the highest number in over a decade. Nearly 8,000 came from France amid a wave of terror attacks.

Israelis wave national flags as they welcome newly-arrived Jewish immigrants from France at Ben Gurion Airport, in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, 20 July 2016. A flight carrying 200 French Jews immigrating to Israel arrived on 20 July. Jewish immigration to Israel has significant increased since 2013 from France, which has the largest Jewish community in Europe with almost half a million. (Credit: EPA)Israelis wave national flags as they welcome newly-arrived Jewish immigrants from France at Ben Gurion Airport, in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, 20 July 2016. A flight carrying 200 French Jews immigrating to Israel arrived on 20 July. Jewish immigration to Israel has significant increased since 2013 from France, which has the largest Jewish community in Europe with almost half a million. (Credit: EPA)
A girl, a newly arrived Jewish immigrants from France, holds an Israeli flag as she disembarks from a plane upon her arrival in Israel on a special flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod near Tel Aviv July 20, 2016. A girl, a newly arrived Jewish immigrants from France, holds an Israeli flag as she disembarks from a plane upon her arrival in Israel on a special flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod near Tel Aviv July 20, 2016.
A girl, a newly arrived Jewish immigrant from France, waves an Israeli flag after disembarking from a plane upon arriving in Israel on a special flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod near Tel Aviv July 20, 2016. A girl, a newly arrived Jewish immigrant from France, waves an Israeli flag after disembarking from a plane upon arriving in Israel on a special flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod near Tel Aviv July 20, 2016.
A newly arrived Jewish immigrant from France pushes a stroller after disembarking from a plane upon his arrival in Israel on a special flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod near Tel Aviv July 20, 2016. A newly arrived Jewish immigrant from France pushes a stroller after disembarking from a plane upon his arrival in Israel on a special flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod near Tel Aviv July 20, 2016.
Children, newly arrived Jewish immigrants from France, wave Israeli flags after disembarking from a plane upon their arrival to Israel on a special flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod near Tel Aviv July 20, 2016. Children, newly arrived Jewish immigrants from France, wave Israeli flags after disembarking from a plane upon their arrival to Israel on a special flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod near Tel Aviv July 20, 2016.
A boy, a newly arrived Jewish immigrant from France, holds an Israeli flag in his mouth after disembarking from a plane upon arriving in Israel on a special flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod near Tel Aviv July 20, 2016. A boy, a newly arrived Jewish immigrant from France, holds an Israeli flag in his mouth after disembarking from a plane upon arriving in Israel on a special flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod near Tel Aviv July 20, 2016.
Israelis wave national flags as they welcome newly-arrived Jewish immigrants from France at Ben Gurion Airport, in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, 20 July 2016. A flight carrying 200 French Jews immigrating to Israel arrived on 20 July. Jewish immigration to Israel has significant increased since 2013 from France, which has the largest Jewish community in Europe with almost half a million. (Credit: EPA)Israelis wave national flags as they welcome newly-arrived Jewish immigrants from France at Ben Gurion Airport, in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, 20 July 2016. A flight carrying 200 French Jews immigrating to Israel arrived on 20 July. Jewish immigration to Israel has significant increased since 2013 from France, which has the largest Jewish community in Europe with almost half a million. (Credit: EPA)
Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
Chairman of the Jewish Agency Nathan Sharansky speaks to newly immigrated French Jews at Ben Gurion International Airport, on July 20, 2016. More than 200 French Jews made aliyah. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)Chairman of the Jewish Agency Nathan Sharansky speaks to newly immigrated French Jews at Ben Gurion International Airport, on July 20, 2016. More than 200 French Jews made aliyah. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. (Credit: Flash90)
The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. Photo by FLASH90  *** Local Caption *** �� ������ ����� ���� ��� ����� ���� ���� (Credit: Flash90)The arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. The flight was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. Photo by FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** �� ������ ����� ���� ��� ����� ���� ���� (Credit: Flash90)
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 Jul 20, 2016 at 02:21 PM Yemenite Says:

Hope that they will remain orthodox jews in Israel and their kids will continue to get a true torah education

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 Jul 20, 2016 at 03:33 PM PureSatmar Says:

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Yemenite Says:

Hope that they will remain orthodox jews in Israel and their kids will continue to get a true torah education

Most probably not. Their naivety will be misused by settling them in the occupied territories.
They were brought to keep the balance.

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