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German Jews: Don't Promote Aliya

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    German Jews warn Olmert not to promote immigration to Israel By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/866743.html The
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 8, 2007
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      German Jews warn Olmert not to promote immigration to Israel
      By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/866743.html


      The leaders of Germany's Jewish community have warned Prime Minister
      Ehud Olmert they would request the German government's help in
      preventing Israel from encouraging Jews settled in Germany to
      immigrate to Israel.

      Stephan J. Kramer, who heads the Central Council of Jews in Germany,
      sent the warning following Israel's decision last week to extend the
      jurisdiction of Nativ , the government body in charge of promoting
      immigration from the Former Soviet Union to Israel. Nativ and the
      Jewish Agency will cooperate in running ulpans (Hebrew courses) and
      other educational programs in Germany, which is home to some 200,000
      Russian-speaking Jews who moved there from the Former Soviet Union
      in recent years.

      Two Nativ operatives are supposed to begin operating in Germany this
      September. Absorption Minister Ze'ev Boim, who opposed the Nativ
      decision, charged that such action would be wasteful, as such
      activities are currently performed by the Jewish Agency.

      Nativ has long sought permission to operate in Germany, but was
      blocked by Jewish Agency opposition. Recently, however, Nativ was
      transferred from the Prime Minister's Office to the new Strategic
      Affairs Ministry, headed by Avigdor Lieberman, who has said in the
      past that he favors replacing the American-dominated Jewish Agency
      with Nativ entirely.

      Nativ also sought to extend its field of operations to North
      America, but the Foreign Ministry foiled this option, arguing it
      would jeopardize Israel's relations with Washington and with the
      U.S. Jewish community.

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