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Rising Christian Funding of Aliyah: Good for the Jews?

When support for Israel, at least in terms of Aliyah, becomes predominantly Christian and not Jewish, something’s wrong


Who is taking on the burden of financing Jewish immigration (Aliyah) to Israel? According to an article recently published in the Israeli daily Haaretz, it is no longer prominent Jewish communities abroad, but instead, Christian Evangelicals.

The article describes how Evangelicals from all over the world increasingly make Aliyah possible for Jewish communities seeking to call Israel home. They show how most recently it was the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ) who funded the operation to bring two thousand Falash Mura Ethiopian Jews to the Jewish State. It was reported that ICEJ donated $1,300 per passenger. Interestingly, Haaretz writes how the influx of donations from Evangelicals are no longer originating from the United States and Europe. Now, Christians from other parts of the world including China, the Philippines and Indonesia are also contributing.

As we witness an increase in Christian funding of Aliyah and a decrease in Jewish contributions, we must ask ourselves a simple question: Is it good...


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