More South African Jews Making Aliyah
The dire situation for Whites in South Africa is prompting more Jews to make aliyah and leave the country for Israel.
Four large groups of South African Jews have so far made the decision to return, including a contingent of 120 olim, or returnees, who arrived last week. The Jewish Agency’s Aliyah and Absorption Department expects a 15 percent increase in olim from South Africa this summer.
“I see one person, a family… 200 making aliya – that’s the incoming of exiles,” said The Jewish Agency’s new chairman Natan Sharansky, who met the latest group of 120 South African olim as they arrived at Ben-Gurion airport.
In explaining why he decided to make aliyah, Joel Klotnick, a long-time Zionist activist from Johannesburg,quoted Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief David Horovitz, saying, “Only in Israel do we Jews get to choose our own fate, rather than rely on the tolerance of others.”
Gavin Marcus, who also made aliyah from Johannesburg, explained that “outside of Israel, Jewish family life often falls apart. I want to raise my family [in Israel] – only here can we stay together.”
The Jewish Agency expects 3,000 olim from around the world this month, a record.