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Tortured in Ukraine, Home in the Holy Land

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Since the beginning of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, that nation’s Jewish community has been especially threatened. In the past year, nearly 1,200 Ukrainian Jews have made aliyah(immigrated to Israel) aboard Fellowship Freedom Flights. The Jerusalem Post’s Sam Sokol writes about a young man who experienced torture in his home country before finally being able to find a new home in the Holy Land:

“It was I think for 16 hours, maybe 18 hours without light in the basement, the little basement. It was scary. They threatened to kill my family if I didn’t tell the truth.”

He was yanked out of the basement and interrogated by a higher-ranking separatist who threatened to shoot him unless he confessed to working for Kiev.

After several hours he was released and thrown into the street…

Two months ago, the couple arrived and settled down in the northern kibbutz Ein Hashofet…

Still, he smiles, “I don’t regret coming here, because I’m a Jew. It’s like a second home. Maybe it’s hard at the start; Israel is a difficult country in some ways. We came here because of the war; we didn’t have many alternatives. As a Jew I could go to Germany, but we chose Israel because I have family here. I know this country, and I like this country. I love this country.”

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