American-canadian Group Sees U.S. Court Ruling Aiding Migration to Israel

Officials of the Association of American and Canadians in Israel have expressed the belief that a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding dual citizenship for Americans in Israel would be a positive factor in helping absorption of American settlers.

Rabbi Eli Klein, president; Gabriel Glasser, vice-president; Jerome Bachrach, legal adviser; and secretary-general Moshe Goldberg also agreed that the decision meant brighter prospects for aliyah from America. They said that the decision would allow American settlers to participate fully in Israeli life, including Government positions and military activities, without endangering their American citizenship or cutting off contacts with families in the U.S.

They expressed the view also that, given proper absorption conditions, migration from the U, S. and Canada could reach 25,000 Jews a year “within a few years.” They estimated that 75 percent of the newcomers would remain in Israel, compared with the 40 percent of a few years ago. They forecast that 10,000 American and Canadian Jews would settle in Israel next year. They asserted not enough was being done to build rental housing for American settlers, and added that a vigorous central system for job placement should be established as well as “proper” schooling facilities for pupils and students from the west.

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