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News & Call-In with Tamar Yonah
David Lev produced documentaries and television commercials before making Aliyah in 1999. He then organized Diplomatic Supplements for the Jerusalem Post. Later he led a PR mission to the British Government, aimed at increasing awareness of Israel's terrorist problems. David decided upon more practical measures by serving with a volunteer unit tasked with preventing such attacks. He has won a leading writing award for a competition hosted by A7. David is founder & editor of Aliyah Magazine, dedicated to attracting Jews to live in Israel.
On behalf of Aliyah Magazine I applaud Nathan Sharansky's initiation of an emergency fund to assist seriously threatened communities living in the Jewish Diaspora. Nathan himself is no stranger to dire straights living in a foreign land, and is well placed to make such a venture succeed. However, current events are becoming increasingly reminiscent of the plight of European Jewry prior to WW2, whereby limitations were placed upon the extent of practical assistance Jews living in pre state Israel were able to render to those living in the Diaspora.
It appears that everyday more shocking news is heard concerning Anti-Semitic events overseas. To my mind, the question arises as to why such a fund is required in the first place? Shouldn't local authorities be the first port of call when the safety of its citizens comes into play? In launching this fund, it would appear that the answer to that simple question is a resounding no! Israel as part of a global Jewish community is obviously only too aware of the fragile existence of many Jews living beyond its own borders and accordingly far from protection by its own defense forces.
With the above concerns in mind, it would seem plausible to connect funding for Jewish protection in the Diapora, with a concerted push towards attracting these threatened Jews to make Aliyah in haste. Indeed, there is no question of making 'political' gain in undertaking such a mission of critical importance. The horrific murders in Toulouse serves to remind us that Jews face an existential threat, which requires drastic action. Hence, the mention of a likeness to WW2. Only this time we have the benefit of hindsight, to motivate us to work against the clock to bring all Jews within the umbrella of Jewish defense, and that means here in Israel.
Aliyah Magazine supports the concept of an Aliyah Community even for Jews living in the Diapora. They should always see themselves as being ready to make that special step in moving to Israel at any time. Nathan Sharansky is ringing alarm bells, and this is no fire drill. While the assembly place is in the Diaspora, there should be no question as to where the evacutaion place will be.
Accordingly, I look forward to hearing Nathan Sharansky expand upon his excellent proposal to include helping Jews in the Diaspora to come safely home.