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      US Immigrant Lipman to Join Knesset Absorption Committee

      US immigrant MK Dov Lipman will be a part of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs.
      By David Lev
      First Publish: 3/17/2013, 10:54 PM

      Yesh Atid MK Rabbi Dov Lipman
      Yesh Atid MK Rabbi Dov Lipman
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      Among the Knesset committees which Yesh Atid MKs will chair is the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs. The party's MK Yoel Razbozov will be the chairman of that committee - and on Sunday, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid assigned MK Dov Lipman, an immigrant from the US, to be a member of that committee as well.

      The appointment, said a Yesh Atid spokesperson, augurs significant changes for the country's English speaking population. Membership in the committee by a recent American immigrant represents a step forward for the English speaking community in Israel and the challenges and struggles facing this community will now be among the focuses of this influential committee, the spokesperson said.

      "I have spent my first month in the Knesset learning about the many challenges facing English speaking immigrants through meetings with community leaders and through my Sunday morning 'constituent hours,' Lipman said. “I have a clear understanding regarding issues which we can address through the committee including government services, educational needs, and employment challenges.

      “In addition, I believe that the time has come for an increase in Zionist education in the diaspora including a refocusing on the Hebrew language and hope to use the tools within the committee to work towards these goals,” Lipman added.