Immigrants arrived to Israel wearing t-shirts emblazoned with flags of the countries that voted in favor of Israel in the historic UN vote on November 29, 1947.. .
(photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI)
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ ) chartered a flight from Ukraine on Wednesday on the 70th anniversary of the UN nations vote to recognize the state of Israel.
The flight was called “Freedom Flight” and flew 201 new olim from Ukraine to Tel Aviv.
“November 29 was the landmark event that preceded the founding of the State of Israel and opened her doors to enable the return of thousands of Jews to their homeland,” said The IFCJ’s Founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this day than with the arrival of 201 new immigrants. Simultaneously, we must express our gratitude to the countries that voted in favor of a home for the Jewish people. Already 70 year ago, we had friends in the world; and today there are hundreds of millions of non-Jewish supporters who say every day, ‘yes’ to Israel!”.
The IFCJ has increased its involvement in the Aliyah process. The organization has brought Jews from Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Belarus, France, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela and other countries that cannot be mentioned for security reasons.
The organization provided the new olim with a free ticket and a three-day seminar to study life in Israel, Zionism and the significance of the date they flew.
Of the 201 immigrants, 24 were children under the age of 10 and one was an 81-year-old man. The immigrants will build new lives in different Israeli cities including Eilat, Tel Aviv and Haifa.