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ICEJ to welcome group of Ukrainian Jews at Ben-Gurion on Sunday

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2 May 2014
ICEJ to welcome group of Ukrainian Jews at Ben-Gurion on Sunday

On Sunday, 4 May 2014, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem will be sponsoring the flights of a group of 19 Ukrainian Jews making aliyah to Israel due to the on-going crisis in The Ukraine. Arranged through the Jewish Agency, the arriving group includes three families and three single women who are part of a significant increase in Ukrainian Jewish immigration to Israel this year in order to escape the unrest of recent months.

Responding to an urgent request from the Jewish Agency, the ICEJ has been raising funds from Christians worldwide over recent weeks and has already collected enough donations to cover the flights to Israel for an initial 100 Ukrainian Jews. This is the first group sponsored by the Christian Embassy that will be arriving in Israel.

Anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi groups were already on the rise in The Ukraine even before the current political crisis erupted, and many Jews no longer feel safe there and are preparing to leave for Israel. The Jewish Agency reported recently that the number of Jews making aliyah from Ukraine has already doubled so far this year compared to 2013.

Over recent decades the Christian Embassy has assisted more than 115,000 Jews in making aliyah to Israel, including at least 42,000 Jews from Ukraine. Some of these earlier Ukrainian Jewish immigrants were courageously evacuated by volunteer Christians from conflict zones, such as during the fighting in the Transnistria region along the disputed border with Moldova in 1992.

"The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has meant an even more uncertain future for the Jewish community there, and we have acted swiftly once again to bring needy and endangered Jews home from this troubled region. It will be a privilege for our staff to welcome this first group home on Sunday," said Dr. Jürgen Bühler, ICEJ Executive Director.

 

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