Absorption Ministry, Jewish Agency Kick Off New Program
13 b'Av 5769/Aug 3, 2009, 3:04 AM
(IsraelNN.com) Absorption Minister Sopha Landwer (Yisra'el Beitenu) and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky (Yisra'el b'Aliyah-Likud) kicked off a new 32-million-shekel program on Sunday to encourage immigration from the former Soviet Union during this time of international financial crisis. Half of the program is being funded by the state; the other half by the agency.
The program consists of housing and other grants, as well as employment assistance for 850 families and 200 individuals between the ages of 18 and 55 who come in the next few months to communities that have expressed an interest in receiving new immigrants.
Landwer said that if the participants in the pilot program succeed, they will encourage others to come on Aliyah (immigration to Israel) and the project will be the basis for future absorption programs if it's successful. Sharansky said that the assistance will give the new olim (immigrants) mental and fiscal peace of mind during their first year to concentrate on learning Hebrew and on employment, which are the central factors in their success during this initial period.
Let's be honest. How many of these "new immigrants" are Jewish?
While living in an absorption center in Tel-Aviv for two years, I had many opportunities to meet, speak with, and get to know my fellow residents who were almost all from the Former Soviet Union.
Already knowing that at least 60% of them were not even Jewish, in my naivete, I was still shocked to hear statements like the following,...in English, of course.
"I'm not Jewish. My father was. I don't care about Israel. I don't want to learn Hebrew. I am hear for my free bachelor's degree. Then I'm off to Canada."
My experiences only revealed the tip of the iceberg. These residents were the educated, university students, and this was 10 years ago. You can only imagine what it is like now.
I have heard reports from appalled, even secular emissaries from the (non) Jewish Agency of being told to encourage and even recruit goyim to make Aliyah. When candidate would ask what should do about documentation, he would be told not to worry about that. (Meanwhile I have a friend who presented a ketubbah from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate to the Interior Ministry, and that "was not good enough" to prove he was eligible to make Aliyah.)
Meanwhile, a friend of mine traveling through small towns in the Ukraine (visiting the grave sites of rabbis) reported meeting Jews left out in the cold because they could not aford the train fare to the Agency's offices in Kiev. How did he know they were Jewish? They recognized his Hassidishe garb, and approached him in Yiddish. That was how they were able to communicate.
Anyone from the (non) Jewish Agency will tell you that it is not the agency's job to make policy, but to execute the policy of the Israeli government. ("Just following orders.")
Another thing the (non) Jewish Agency does not want you to know is that the biggest critics of encouraging of these goyim to immigrate to Israel are the olim who arrived from the Soviet Union 20 plus years ago,...you know the ones who really are Jewish.
These olim, like and MK Yuli Edelstein and Sharansky himself, fought hard to leave the Soviet Union to come and dwell in the Jewish Homeland, and suffered for their desires greatly at the hands of the Soviet government. It is important to note that these Jews are mostly secular and traditional, not necessarily religious. Yet, they still protest the influx of goyim.
But, so what? Shimon Peres needed votes for his Labor Party, and so the not so secret campaign began. What better way to get them than to steer government policy in the direction of bringing a religious minority into the country en masse?
Sharansky's old Yisra'el b'Aliyah Party certainly was not going to stand in the way. They would campaign hard for these votes. Remember their 5762/2001 "Nosh Kontrol" campaign, demanding that the Interior Ministry control be taken away from Sh"as, and handed over to Yisra'el b'Aliyah? Signs in Russian were plastered all over Israel. ("Nosh" is Russian for "our.")
Netanyahu = Shas Kontrol
Sharansky = Nosh Kontrol
Sharansky = Nosh Kontrol
The issue of "Who is a Jew?" was exploited for the sake of votes, while the country's Jewish character gradually eroded. If Sharansky could get control of the Interior Ministry, he could have control over what was displayed on Israeli ID cards, pleasing the countless goyim from the Former Soviet Union, those with or without fake or quickie "conversions."
As it happens, then Interior Minister Eli Yishai removed the "nationality" categroy from the ID cards completely, a way he found to avoid implementing the High Court's ruling that all so-called "conversions" to Judaism would be accepted, and those individuals would be identified as such.
Now that Yisra'el b'Aliyah is dead, Lieberman and Landwer's Yisra'el Beitenu Party hope to reap the benefits. They will need it, too, with Lieberman's legal troubles. Lieberman can no longer count on the secular Sefardi vote he received this time around. That will invariably revert back to the Sh"as religious party or to the Likud.
Meanwhile, the Labor Party, assuming is survives, and the "religiously pluralistic" un-Jewish Mere"tz Party will undoubtedly try to snag their share of this goyshe voting base.
When Ariel Sharon first came to power in 5761/2002, an attempt was made to change the "Law Of Return," which has allowed such "Nuremberg Jews" and their spouses to settle in Israel. The change was quickly shot down.
In 5767/2007 response to the discovery of Neo-Nazi cells in Israel, former MK Effie Eitam (National Union) said that he planned on submitting legislation that would have prevented non-Jews from immigrating to Israel under the "Law of Return." That never panned out, and it took the serious and embarrassing issue of finding Neo-Nazis in Israel to raise the issue. (The ostriches were froced to pull their heads out of the sand for a day or two.)
Canada has been offering a limited number of such Russian, Belarussian, and Ukrainian "Israelis" residency, under the category of the "religiously oppressed," or some such nonsense.
Let them go directly to Canada, or Germany, or wherever else they desire. I don't care, just as long as Israel (ie. your and your parents' donations to Jewish Federations) does not have to foot the bill.