Israel Welcomes 107 British 'Olim'

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JERUSALEM, Israel - One hundred and seven new immigrants from Great Britain landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday, part of record numbers of British Jews to move to Israel this year.

By year's end, a total of 800 immigrants from England will make 2009 the biggest year for British aliyah (immigration to Israel under the Law of Return) in 26 years.

The Jewish Agency attributes the increased numbers to a recent campaign entitled "Aliyah - Find Your Way Home" and some new tax breaks for  immigrants aimed at helping with the transition.

Rising anti-Semitism in England may also be contributing to the increased immigration to the Jewish state.

The new arrivals spent their first night at the Shalom Hotel in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, they met with representatives of banks, national health funds, insurance carriers, etc., at an absorption fair organized by the Jewish Agency.

Later in the day, the new citizens will receive their Israeli identity cards at a special ceremony on at the Western Wall Plaza. 

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