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Putin’s Aliyah: Russian Jews leave Israel

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (not seen) hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2017. ( Sefa Karacan - Anadolu Agency )

Many of the Russian-Jews, who arrived to the Jewish State in the early 1990s, left Israel in recent years, heading back to their home country, or seeking new pastures, Israel’s Haaretz reported yesterday.

Liza Rozovsky, a Russian-Jewish who came to Israel as part of the main migration wave, has conducted several interviews with Russians in Israel who migrated to the Jewish state in the past decade but are now either returning to Russia or seeking new migrations opportunities, in an attempt to understand the reasons behind abandoning Israel and retuning to Russia. She has named them as “Putin’s aliyah.”

“On the rare occasions I have the opportunity to meet and talk with them, I can’t shake the feeling that they’re better dressed than I am, more educated than I am and have more natural manners than I do,” Rozovsky said, referring to the people of “Putin’s aliyah.”

“Whether due to the inevitability of circumstances or a spirit forged in the era of the Cold War and Iron Curtain, emigration for us was a decision from which there was no turning back,” one of the Russian Jews, who immigrated to Israel after the year 2000, said in an interview with Rozovsky, as quoted by Haaretz.

According to Rozovsky, the post-2000 immigrants, especially those who arrived following the failed protest that erupted after the parliamentary elections in 2011 and 2012 – and even more so after the annexation of Crimea and the start of the war in Western Ukraine – saw themselves differently from the outset. Those who could afford it did not give up their jobs and businesses that could be performed remotely at the time, and in effect they never defined themselves as Israelis ”at any price.”

However, other Russian Jews have taken advantage of the broad opportunities that were available to them and have left, while some returned to Russia and others moved on to other foreign countries.

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  • Juan R.

    The Aliyah from Russia has doubled since 2008 when the world economic crisis began. Things got worse In 2014 the Russian ruble lost half of it’s real value because of the drop in oil prices. This meant that savings and real estate also lost half of their real values also. Aliyah surged even more after that. Right now the aliyah from Belarus is also really surging and there is no sign the increase will stop. Ukraine although slower than 2015 is still more than double the pre-crisis level. Last year aliyah from the former Soviet Union was 54% of the total aliyah. And Aliyah from Russia alone was 26% of the total aliyah and was the largest source of aliyah for any country even more than France or Ukraine. Even more than all of western Europe combined. Its understandable that “several people” have moved elsewhere but not significant really. What is significant is that the majority of new immigrants to Israel are Russian speakers. And the economy in the former Soviet Union is still a mess. The average salary in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus is less than in China. Probably you could do some further research.

  • Mike Abramov

    Very interesting. Is the journalist writing this article trying to find some hidden meaning? Israel is a tough country to live in. The constant threat of Arabs ramming cars in to bus stops, brain-washed teenagers stabbing police officers and the constant threat of war takes a very special type of person to endure this every day.

    After the Russian Revolution in 1917, many supporters of the revolution living in the west went back to Russia in the thought that they are returning to a new and exciting opportunity. How sadly wrong they were.

    However, let us look at the surrounding countries. Would you choose to live in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen or Sudan at the moment?

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      The Zionist European invaders were the ones who brought terror to Palestine,

      Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won
      Middle East – Tom Suarez on January 1, 2017

      Britain’s wake-up call regarding the Zionists’ indoctrination of children came on the 8th of July, 1938. That day, the Irgun blew up a bus filled with Palestinian villagers. Now, this was not the first time the Irgun had done something of this sort, but this time the British caught the bomber. She was a twelve year old schoolgirl.

      Teenagers, both boys and girls, were commonly used to plant bombs in Palestinian markets and conduct other terror attacks. Teachers were threatened or removed if they tried to intervene in the indoctrination of their students, and the students themselves were blocked from advancement if they resisted, even being taught to betray their own parents if those parents tried to instill some moderation. Jews who opposed and tried to warn of the emerging fascism were assassinated, and indeed most victims of Zionist assassinations—that is, targeted, rather than indiscriminate—were Jews.


      • Mike Abramov

        The article cited is by Tom Suarez and therefore is unacceptable because of his anti-Zionist stance.

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          That means you hate him, because he’s a good guy that’s against genocidal country stealing by unprincipled European thugs.

          Decency requires people to be anti-Zionist.

          • Mike Abramov

            Rubbish. Go away and re-think your answers

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            You want me to line up at your side with psychopathic genocidal country stealers, eh?

            Have you ever used thought to provide yourself answers?

          • Michael Abramov

            Let me analyse you. I guess you are the off-spring of Iranian refugees who fled Iran in 1979. I guess you support Hezbollah. I guess you live in America. Am I right so far?

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            Let me analyze you. I guess you are a dim-witted Zionist thug, that believes the genocidal country stealing and feeding Jews to Hitler are okay for the Zionist Cult.

            Sacrificing Europe’s Jews

            The correlative to the acts of collaboration with the Nazis throughout the 1930’s was that when attempts to change the immigration laws of the United States and Western Europe were contemplated in order to provide token refuge for persecuted Jews of Europe, it was the Zionists who actively organized to stop these efforts.

            Ben Gurion informed a meeting of Labor Zionists in Great Britain in 1938: “If I knew that it would be possible to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz Israel, then I opt for the second alternative.” [84] This obsession with colonizing Palestine and overwhelming the Arabs led the Zionist movement to oppose any rescue of the Jews facing extermination, because the ability to deflect select manpower to Palestine would be impeded. From 1933 to 1935, the WZO turned down two-thirds of all the German Jews who applied for immigration certificates.

            Berel Katznelson, editor of the Labor Zionist Davar, described the “cruel criteria of Zionism”: German Jews were too old to bear children in Palestine, lacked trades for building a Zionist colony, didn’t speak Hebrew and weren’t Zionists. In place of these Jews facing extermination the WZO brought to Palestine 6,000 trained young Zionists from the United States, Britain and other safe countries. Worse than this, the WZO not merely failed to seek any alternative for the Jews facing the Holocaust, the Zionist leadership opposed belligerently all efforts to find refuge for fleeing Jews.

            As late as 1943, while the Jews of Europe were being exterminated in their millions, the US Congress proposed to set up a commission to “study” the problem. Rabbi Stephen Wise, who was the principal American spokesperson for Zionism, came to Washington to testify against the rescue bill because it would divert attention from the colonization of Palestine.

            This is the same Rabbi Wise who, in 1938, in his capacity as leader of the American Jewish Congress, wrote a letter in which he opposed any change in US immigration laws which would enable Jews to find refuge. He stated:

            It may interest you to know that some weeks ago the representatives of all the leading Jewish organizations met in conference … It was decided that no Jewish organization would, at this time, sponsor a bill which would in any way alter the immigration laws.[85].


          • Mike Abramov

            Sir – You are wrong. I may be a Zionist, but I also care a great deal for the people of Palestine because they have been brain-washed by Communist propaganda in to believing that one day they will have a right-to-return.

            Your attitude sir, is disgraceful. The link you have given me has been sourced from the anti-Semitic left-wing. So, it;s meaningless.

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            Liar! Why do you support the savage European ZioNazi invasion and occupation of Palestine?

          • Mike Abramov

            Why not. It is the only country in the whole of the ME and N. Africa where Arabs have a democratic vote, you idiot.

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            Which they will keep as long as they are properly submissive to the murderous thugs still stealing their homes and lands.

          • Mike Abramov

            Either you are deceivingly clever, or unable to deliver a proper conversation. Which is it?

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            I am clever. I use truth. You never do. That’s why you make yourself look like a simpleton repeatedly.

          • Mike Abramov

            We; that’s your opinion.

          • TecumsehUnfaced


  • A.S.F.

    Yeah, because Russia has always treated Jews so well. Right.

  • Sharleen Targon

    Good riddance from Russia poor Palestine

  • Andrey Markov

    Step by by step Israel transforms to an ordinary Middle East country like Lebanon and Jordan so people leave it for more advanced countries.

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  • Helen4Yemen

    Palestinian envoy to the UNHRC suggests that Jews should return to their countries of origin.
    Here is the transcript:
    “A few days ago, Barack Obama said: “We are all Jews.” But we as Palestinians say: We are Jews, we are Christians and we are Muslims, So Obama did not invent anything new. Our problem is that the Jews came to Palestine from outside the region, colonized it, and established their own state. If they still hold any belief in the notion of the a Promised Land, I believe that everybody knows that all the historical stories about the exodus and about how they left Egypt for Palestine, which they cal the “Promised Land”. If this “Promised Land” within Israel is not large enough for them, and they have begun to take over our lands in the West Bank, with their settlements, I believe that President Putin’s message is very important. He declared – above two weeks ago, I believe, that Russia was ready to accept back all the Russian Jews who are suffering throughout Europe.Therefore, if they continue on this track it may be useful to consider asking many countries, Arab countries, European countries, and other foreign countries to allow the Jews to return to their former lands and homes, whether they are Iraqi, Yemeni, Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian,Lebanese, or Syrian. Then we, the Palestinians, will return to be the way we were – Jews, Christians and Muslims. We never had people from Poland,, the Ukraine, Switzerland, France or England”

    The Ashkenazi needs to look in the mirror and realize that Palestine is not his grandmother’s land and needs to return to:

    Czech Republic