Israel’s religious Kibbutz movement – Kibbutz Hadati – has announced that it will be doing its part to help in the absorption in Israel of the new immigrants who are expected to come from France in the near future due to the recent acts of terrorism there.
Nehemiah Rappel, the general secretary of the Kibbitz Hadati movement, said, “We are preparing to receive about 200 families from France at the request of the World Zionist Organization.”
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The movement counts about 12, 000 members today throughout its kibbutzim and so this would make a considerable addition of about 750 adults and children.
The plan is to concentrate a number of immigrants and their children at kibbutzim near one another in order to make their absorption process into Israel easier and to teach them Hebrew and help them joining the education system.
Nehemiah Rappel, said that the absorption of a family with school-age children is complex, requiring not only finding a home suitable for the family’s size, but also the opening of a Hebrew ulpan, finding jobs for the parents and school classes for children. “The intention is to distribute the number of immigrant families in neighboring kibbutzim, and offer all of the studies in one of them. The recent terrorist acts in France have forced us all to prepare the absorption sites much sooner than we thought, ” he said.
Nehemiah Rappel, who is running in the primaries of Israel’s political party Jewish Home before the country’s upcoming elections, announced that he was foregoing his campaign in order to address this urgent matter. “The State of Israel was established to serve the Jewish people, a destination for Jews who feel unprotected and threatened in exile. The tragedy that took place in Paris reminded us once again of the importance of Zionism and the importance of Israel as a haven for the Jewish people. I will not return to full campaigning until we complete the preparations for this new immigration, ” said Rappel.