Menu JTA Search

Israel luring Iranians with cash

Israel is using cash incentives to encourage Jewish immigration from Iran.An expatriate group of Iranian Jewish donors is behind a $1 million fund offering $10,000 to each Jew willing to leave the Islamic Republic for the Jewish state, according to media reports.The fund was offering $5,000 per immigrant several months ago, but sparse interest prompted the sponsors to up the ante. For an entire Jewish family the cash incentive is $60,000, in addition to the standard aliyah benefits given to Jewish immigrants to Israel.Few of Iran’s 20,000 Jews have taken advantage of the offer.