French olim to be honored at Kotel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — New immigrants from France will receive their identity cards at a special ceremony at the Western Wall.

The ceremony, arranged by the Jewish Agency and the AMI association that promotes aliyah in France, will be held Wednesday afternoon for 220 immigrants who arrived Tuesday on a special Jewish Agency flight..

Among those expected to attend are Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Eli Yishai; Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver; and the chairman of AMI, Pierre Besnainou. 

Some 700 immigrants from France are expected to arrive this summer, the Jewish Agency said.

More than 5,000 new immigrants are expected to arrive in Israel this summer, according to the Jewish Agency, with about 3,000 coming on 20 special olim flights organized by the agency.

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