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Largest number of refugees arrives in Israel as Ukraine seeks legal action

The Ministry of Immigration and Absorption reported that the largest number of refugees since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are set to land in Israel today. According to the report, an approximate 600 immigrants will set foot in the country.

This morning, about 122 immigrants from Poland landed at Ben Gurion Airport, and later in the day, 170 individuals are set to arrive from the former Soviet republic of Moldova.

Since the beginning of the War in Ukraine, 1,078 refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Israel under the Law of Return along with 929 Jewish immigrants.

914 individuals have made Aliyah from Russia during that time.

It was previously reported that Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel, Yevgen Korniychuk, appealed on behalf of the Ukrainian Embassy to the Israeli Supreme Court against the government’s policies of setting “quotas” for refugees entering the Jewish State.

The suit claims the stated “quotas” are in violation of international law.

The petition demands that the Supreme Court “…freeze the implementation of the proposed plan, which prevents the entry of Ukrainian citizens into Israel…so that the order granting Ukrainian citizens unhindered entry into Israel will remain in force.”

Last week, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked announced that Israel would accept 25,000 non-Jewish Ukrainian citizens “temporarily until the fighting ends.”

According to Shaked, 20,000 of them were already residing in Israel illegally prior to the Russian invasion.

Shaked also stated that the existing requirement for refugees to make a deposit guaranteeing their eventual departure from Israel would be repealed, with local sponsors required to fill out a form undertaking the guest would leave as soon as the state of emergency comes to an end.

The Ukrainian Ambassador attacked Shaked’s plan in an interview with Ulpan Shishi last Friday, claiming Israel was not at liberty to enforce such restrictions.

Regarding claims that many of the refugees entering the country do so for economic reasons, he replied:

“Don’t pat yourself on the back! It is not easy to get to Israel, and it is not the most comfortable place to stay. Your country is one of the most expensive in the world. Assuming that most European countries provide shelter, food, temporary work permits, and educational frameworks for children, refugees will move there after the war.”

Source: Arutz Sheva

Header: Arriving passengers inbound from Kyiv walk with their luggage at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport in Lod near Tel Aviv on February 13, 2022. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)