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Fleeing Crisis, Venezuelan Jews Take Freedom Flight to Israel

Olim from Venezuelan Freedom Flight, July 26, 2017 (Photo: IFCJ)

This week, many more Jewish people from war-torn or chaotic nations made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) aboard Fellowship Freedom Flights. The Jerusalem Post's Tamara Zieve tells us about the 26 olim (immigrants) from Venezuela who are now home in their biblical homeland thanks to faithful friends like you:

Twenty-six Jews from Venezuela immigrated to Israel on Tuesday and Wednesday, part of a general surge in emigration from the country as its political and economic crises have paralyzed parts of the nation.

While thousands of their countrymen are heading over the borders to other Latin American countries, some Jewish Venezuelans have opted to use their eligibility for citizenship in Israel.

On July 30, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is holding a vote to create a legislative super-body that would have the power to rewrite the constitution and dissolve state institutions. Near daily anti-government protests since April have seen masked youths with stones, Molotov cocktails and homemade mortars battling riot police using tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets.

“The situation is very hard,” Michal Levy, 35 told The Jerusalem Post over the phone from Ben-Gurion Airport, shortly after arriving in Israel with her three children on Wednesday, on one of two flights organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Seven families arrived on the two flights.

“It’s hard to get basic things like bread and flour,” Levy said, adding that she had been afraid to leave the house due to the riots and for fear that a member of her family could be kidnapped for ransom – a common phenomenon in the country.

Levy’s son suffers from a skin allergy for which he requires medication, but she hadn’t been able to obtain any recently.

“Three months ago we understood we couldn’t continue living here,” she said. “For more than a week you can’t leave the house – it’s not simple...”

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