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Friends and family celebrate the arrival of more than 200 French Jews who made aliyah at Ben-Gurion International Airport on July 20, 2016. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

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(JNS) ‘Gates still open, even during an emergency’

Lionel Giuili, 41, who made aliyah with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children, noted: “My parents live in Israel, as well as my sister and a lot of other family members. We always knew we would make aliyah. We were always connected to Israel and maintained Jewish tradition.”

According to Giuili, the Hypercacher kosher supermarket siege in January 2015 was “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

That attack took place when Amedy Coulibaly, an ISIS terrorist, killed four people and took several hostages before he was shot and killed by police, who stormed the supermarket.

After that incident, Giuili said he finally decided to move to Israel.

Although he and his family didn’t suffer any physical violence, he reported, the plague of anti-Semitism has had a direct impact on every member of the Jewish community.

“If, for example, while I was sitting and eating in my store and I heard someone enter, I automatically took off my kipah,” he said, adding that neither he nor his children went out in public wearing Jewish symbols for fear of being attacked.

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Giuili noted that he had often traveled to Israel, visiting family members and his parents, who live in Jerusalem. “I always felt at home in Israel. I feel free in Israel, and I no longer have to hide my Jewish identity. This reflex I developed that made me take my kipah off and put it in my pocket will no longer be necessary.”

He also said moving during the coronavirus pandemic has not scared them at all: “We are aware of the situation in Israel, which as a whole has coped well, especially in the first wave when France was facing a shortage of masks.”

French Jews arrive to make new homes in Israel, July 22, 2016. Credit: IFCJ.

At the airport to greet the new arrivals, Tamano-Shata said “in 2020, we will welcome more than 10,000 olim from all over the world. It is a great privilege for me … to manage aliyah during this challenging time.

“I congratulate our brothers and sisters from France, who are Zionists and full of love for this country, and who today realized their dream of making aliyah and uniting with the people living in Zion,” she said.

Tamano-Shata invited more Jews to move to Israel, noting that “the Jews of Europe and the rest of the world are currently facing complex challenges, and every Jew should know that the gates of this country are still open, even during an emergency or crisis.”

As for the IFCJ, for more than 20 years, it has been helping Jews make aliyah. In 2014, the Fellowship began operating independently in the field of immigration and since then has brought more than 23,000 Jews to Israel from 30 countries around the world. New immigrants receive comprehensive assistance, including special grants.

Eckstein told JNS that the 140 olim represent the fulfillment of biblical prophecy and Zionism.

“Throughout Israel’s history, aliyah has never stopped,” she said. “Even now during the coronavirus crisis, the Fellowship continues to help Jews return to their homeland. We are so blessed to have Christian and Jewish friends in America and around the world who continue to help us do our work despite these challenges.”

ISRAEL KASNETT is a JNS writer who has previously been published in the Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Standard, Algemeiner Journal, The Jewish Press, JNS, The Jewish Voice (New York), Cleveland Jewish News, Jewish Ledger, Australia/Israel Review, and J-Wire.

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