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Israel has its eye on Venezuela's 15,000 Jews. Despite Israel's constant demonization of Venezuela's leader Chavez, predicting eminent holocaust for Venezuelan Jews citing Chavez's friendship with Ahmadinejad, etc. the Jews of Venezuela aren't budging - they don't want to live on occupied Palestinian land. The Jewish Agency's representative in Venezuela, who is judged on the number of Jews he ships to Israel - a quota to meet, is so desperate and under pressure that he's been sending non-Jews to Israel with the promise of thousands of shekels in reward upon landing in Israel.. and now he has been caught.. what a farcical story.. only in racist Israel..

Jewish Agency Man Brought in 200 Non-Jews as Jews


Hillel Fendel and Hana Levi Julian, Israel National News
13 February 2008

A Jewish Agency emissary has been arrested and charged with helping non-Jews pose as Jews so that they could immigrate to Israel. In response, Likud party MK Yuli Edelstein says the Jewish Agency must find ways to encourage Aliyah and support its emissaries other than the "quota" system that currently exists.

The Jewish Agency oversaw the immigration to Israel of an estimated one million people from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s, of whom an estimated 300,000 were not Jewish.


The arrested man, a 68-year-old resident of Raanana who was the Jewish Agency's representative in Venezuela, was taken into custody at Ben Gurion International Airport by the Immigration Police. He is suspected of having brought some 200 people into Israel as new olim [immigrants] under the Automatic Citizenship for Jews law - even though he knew that their conversion to Judaism was fictitious. The police say he admitted to having done this in order to receive recognition from the Jewish Agency as a "top employee."

MK Edelstein, who himself immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union, criticized the Jewish Agency's policies for encouraging the sham. "The Jewish Agency must find new ways to show appreciation to its emissaries," Edelstein said, "without encouraging a certain 'quota' in finding and bringing Jews to Israel. Aliyah is critical for Israel, but only inasmuch as it contributes to the strengthening of Zionism - and that is why we cannot rely just on numbers and quotas."

"We have been witness of late," Edelstein said, "to an increasing stream of new immigrants who have no connection at all to Judaism and Zionism - and this hurts the loyalty of the Jewish agency as well as the entire Zionist enterprise. We must find new ways to encourage Aliyah."

The Jewish Agency oversaw the immigration to Israel of an estimated one million people from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s, of whom an estimated 300,000 were not Jewish.

From Venezuela to Israel

The sham Venezuelan immigrants were all treated to the basket of benefits worth thousands of shekels that every new immigrant receives. Some of them still live today in Ramle, while others have left the country. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have sought refuge in the United States, Europe and other western countries since the rise to power of the dictator-like Hugo Chavez in 2001.

A spokesman for the Jewish Agency said, "We have always been committed to guaranteeing a legal Aliyah process. We are therefore helping the police in its investigation, and we have even flown one of our emissaries back to Israel for the purpose. We hope that the suspicions will prove to be false and that the emissary will soon be back at work."

Agency sources say it is not true that emissaries are pressured to bring back olim "at any cost."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/125247


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