Fellowship Freedom Flights of olim (immigrants) continue to flood into Israel, all of them made possible by our caring and generous supporters. Arutz Sheva reports on the latest group of 145 French Jews who landed in the Holy Land yesterday:
The summer wave of Aliyah continues. 145 new Olim from France have landed today (Tuesday) at Ben-Gurion airport, arriving with the assistance of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). The Olim, consisting of 38 families, come from different cities through France, including Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Toulouse, and Nice, which last month experienced a heavy terror attack, claiming dozens of lives. These flights are joined by two other flights coordinated by the IFCJ, which arrived last week from the Ukraine, bringing 235 new Olim from the eastern part of the country.
The majority of the new Olim from France (111) come from Paris and talk about the drastic rise in anti-Semitism in the city as the underlying reason behind their decision to make Aliyah. Many of the Olim left behind not just their homes, but successful businesses as well - which they had to sell prior to their Aliyah. One such example is the S. family, arriving from Paris on the first flight. The family - Father, Mother and their three children - talk about the severe anti-Semitism they faced.
"It got to the point where we had to take off our Yarmulkes when in public since they made us into a target," say the parents adding that the decision to make Aliyah did not come easily. "In Paris we had a successful family business, selling a type of very popular French candy. The fear of anti-Semitism brought us to the realization that in order to live peacefully and freely as Jewish people, we must leave for Israel. The family, which comes from a religious background, is set to begin its new life in Jerusalem.
Along with the S. family were the B. family, also arriving from Paris. "We came from Paris and we are very happy to make Aliyah today. I have waited for this moment for 20 years, and now I get to make Aliyah with my whole family, me, my husband and our 5 children", says the mother. When asked what made them decide to make Aliyah, she answers that "It was always a dream of mine and I only wish to come back home, to Israel. The situation in France is very difficult, there is a lot of anti-Semitism. People aren't very good to Jewish people and it's very difficult for us. The children are hurt by this anti-Semitism as well. We are happy to be at home..."