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Special aliyah flight to Israel brings 106 children

    Gilad Shalit with the new group of olim (Photo: Shahar Azran)
    Gilad Shalit with the new group of olim (Photo: Shahar Azran)

    A record number of children landed in Israel today as part of a unique aliyah programme.

    The 106 children, from North America, arrived at Ben Gurion airport this morning as part of a Jewish Agency for Israel mission to facilitate the move of olim.

    Gilad Shalit, a former IDF soldier and captive, welcomed the new arrivals on the so-called “Children’s Aliyah Flight”.

    The children were joined by 125 new Israeli citizens.

    Natan Sharansky, the chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, said: “The children and their parents who are arriving on this olim flight from north America represent the future of Israel and every one of them strengthens Israeli society.”

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