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Becoming Israelis Near the Holiest Place on Earth

Olim from Britain and South Africa received their identity cards in a ceremony near the Western Wall. "We feel like we've come home."
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 10/26/2011, 2:09 AM

About 150 olim (new immigrants) who landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Monday night and came on special flights organized by the Jewish Agency, received on Tuesday their Israeli identity cards.

Most of the olim came from various countries in Europe such as France, Britain, Italy and Belgium, and a number also came from South Africa. They will live in cities and kibbutzim throughout Israel, including Eilat, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Netanya.

The identity cards were given to the olim as part of a special “red carpet” ceremony organized by the Jewish Agency. About 50 of the olim from Britain and South Africa came to an area near the Western Wall where they received their ID cards in a short and moving ceremony.