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'2017 is the year of Jewish immigration to Israel'

Image of Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel [lleewu/Flickr]
Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, 30 March 2017 [lleewu/Flickr]

This year will be the year of Jewish immigration to Israel, Jordan's Assabeel newspaper reported the chairman of the Jewish Agency saying on Monday.

Natan Sharansky was speaking during an event to celebrate the arrival of 200 new Jewish immigrants from France at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

Israel Radio reported him saying: "2017 is the year of Jewish immigration from around the world to Israel," noting that there are ongoing efforts to move 6,000 Jews from different corners of the world to Israel.

Read: Fewer French, US Jewish migrants to Israel in 2017

Last week, more than 200 Jews from America and Canada arrived in Israel as part of the Jewish programme Nefesh B'Nefesh, Jewish Souls United, which is run by the Jewish Agency. It promotes, encourages and facilitates Aliyah, or immigration to Israel.

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