Russia orders Jewish Agency to stop all operations in country – exclusive. Dramatic order given to Jewish Agency by government officials in Moscow • Israeli government considering next steps

July 6, 2022 Jerusalem, Israel

Operation Tarshish Newsflash Please pray about this article below! It is very serious. If the Jewish Agency can no longer work in Russia then it is going to be very difficult for the Jews to leave! Their papers can no longer be processed in Russia, and all the documentation will need to be done in Israel.

Russia orders Jewish Agency to stop all operations in country – exclusive. Dramatic order given to Jewish Agency by government officials in Moscow • Israeli government considering next steps

By Zvika Klein, July 5, 2022 
The Russian government has ordered the Jewish Agency to cease all operations inside the country, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The order was given in a letter received from the Russian Ministry of Justice earlier this week. Officials in the Jewish Agency confirmed that the letter was received but would not comment on the response that is currently under consideration in the organization’s offices in Jerusalem in consultation with the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office.

“As part of the work of the Jewish Agency’s delegation in Russia, we are occasionally required to make certain adjustments, as required by authorities,” the agency said in response to a query from the Post. “The contacts with the authorities take place continuously, with the aim of continuing our activities in accordance with the rules set by the competent bodies. Even nowadays, such a dialogue takes place.”

Israeli-Russian tension
The order comes amid growing tension between Israel and Russia over Jerusalem’s stance regarding the ongoing war in Ukraine and its policy of standing with Kyiv and its embattled leader Volodymyr Zelensky. On Monday, Russia’s foreign ministry called strikes on Syria that have been blamed on Israel unacceptable, and demanded an unconditional cessation of the attacks.

An order forcing the Jewish Agency to stop work in Russia is dramatic and could directly undermine the ability of Russian Jews to make Aliyah and immigrate to Israel. Thousands of them have finished their Aliyah paperwork and have been waiting for flights to become available to Israel, but the sanctions on Russia have caused most international airlines to stop flying to the country and therefore, Israeli officials explained, future Olim are “stuck” in Russia.

Jewish trouble in Russia
Senior sources in Russia’s Jewish community have told the Post that “people from the Jewish community have been feeling the Iron Curtain setting on them and they fear they won’t be able to escape the country.” According to one source, “a number of Jews have said that the Russian authorities are trying to arrest them and that they fear for their lives.”

One of the main goals of the Jewish Agency is to promote and facilitate Aliyah from Jewish communities around the world. If it will not be able to be active in Russia, this will be the first time in the past 30 years that Aliyah efforts are banned in the country. 

Israel’s response
Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata responded to the reportsaying: “I was updated this morning regarding the decision of the Russian Ministry of Justice. As is well known, the Jewish Agency is a central arm of the government and the ministry for the assistance of the immigration of Jews from all over the world to the State of Israel.

“We must ensure that their scope of operation is maintained as it has been throughout the years. I appealed to the Prime Minister to work with the Moscow administration to resolve the problem and I want to strengthen the Jewish community in Russia, which must be worried at this time about the consequences of the decision. Aliyah is a basic right for the Jews of Russia and we will make sure that it is preserved as such.”
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