Thursday, January 10, 2008

Immigration To Zionist Israel Hits New Low


Dec 25, 2007

Official statistics show that 19,700 new Jewish immigrants came
to Israel from over 100 countries in 2007.

One third (6,445) of the immigrants came from the former
USSR; 19% (3,607) from Ethiopia; 15% (2,957) from North
America, 14% (2,659) from France; 8% from Central and South
America and another 3% from Britain and other western
European countries.

The last time such low immigration numbers were registered was
in 1989, before the massive wave of immigration from the former
Soviet Union.

Religious Zionists attempted to give this news an interpretation
favorable to their cause. "The lowered numbers of Aliyah around
the world are really a good sign, showing that Jews have emptied
out of places like the former Soviet Union and the Arab countries,"
said Yishai Fleisher, a talk show host at Israel National Radio and
co-founder of pro-immigration organization Kumah.

"We don't yearn to have high Aliyah numbers all of the time," Fleisher
explained. "We yearn to bring the Jewish people home. The numbers
are a clear sign that the next major frontier in Aliyah is North
America and the western countries like England and France. That's
where the next wave of Aliyah is going to come from."

Fleisher noted that according to Nefesh B'Nefesh statistics, Aliyah
from western countries was up in 2007. "Western Aliyah is up and
it will continue to rise because of the great fuel of Aliyah in England
and France, anti-Semitism. Meanwhile, in North America, ideological
and religious Aliyah is what we can expect, unless some unexpected
anti-Semitic wave hits the region."

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