Yordim Returning, Almogi Reports

Yosef Almogi, chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executives, reported yesterday that over 800 persons representing some 90 families who left Israel have returned during the first five months of this year. He said that 150 Jews of Moroccan origin were among the returnees. The majority were from France, however, and others returned from the United States and Canada.

Almogi made the report to a delegation of Sephardic Jewish leaders from abroad who are on a fact-finding mission to Israel. The group was particularly disturbed by a report in Haaretz last week that a substantial number of Israelis who had immigrated here from Morocco were planning to return to that country or had already left. Almogi said the report was a gross exaggeration. He said only a few families were involved and there was no definite information that any of them had actually gone to Morocco. Meanwhile, a delegation of French Jews who visited Morocco reported in Paris that they found so “yordim” there from Israel.

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