MK: U.S. Jews should make aliyah due to Pittsburgh massacre

“The murder in a synagogue in the US must be a wake up call for us,” Forer said. “We should call on the Jews of the US to make aliyah.”

November 6, 2018 22:03
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Oded Forer

MK Oded Forer. (photo credit: JEREMY JEFFER)


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American Jewry should move to Israel en masse due to the reported rise in antisemitism in general and the October 27 murder of 11 Pittsburgh Jews in particular, Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer said Tuesday.

Forer addressed a special meeting of the Knesset’s Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee on the Pittsburgh massacre and other recent incidents of antisemitism in the US.

The murder in a synagogue in the US must be a wake up call for us,” Forer said. “We should call on the Jews of the US to make aliyah.”

Forer said that if 100,000 American Jews made aliyah each year it would not hurt the American-Jewish community and would help Israel.

The MKs at the meeting heard statistics from the Anti-Defamation League on the rise of antisemitism.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman sent the committee a letter promising that US President Donald Trump’s administration was obligated to stop antisemitism and would cooperate with Israel on new plans.

Zionist Union MK Nachman Shai responded that the Trump administration may be obligated to fight antisemitism but the result is an armed guard in front of every synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“The demons have left the lamp in American society,” Shai said.

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