JERUSALEM, Israel -- With the meteoric rise of anti-Semitism in most European Union member nations, Israel's Ministry of Absorption embarked on a campaign to help European Jews immigrate to Israel.
An independent organization, funded by a $100 million-shekel (nearly $29 million) government grant and unencumbered by the same restrictions as a government agency, will encourage Europe's besieged Jewish communities to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return).
Ukrainian Jews, who are in particular danger, and French Jews, who are also subject to increasing anti-Semitic attacks, top the list.
Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver said there's been an 18 percent increase in aliyah in the first half of 2014 from the previous year.
"The State of Israel, which is a country of immigration, needs to be ready to take in immigrants from all over the world, especially when there's an increase in anti-Semitism in quite a few countries," YNet quoted Landver.
"This project's launching at this time signals to the whole world that Israel is the place for Jews worldwide and that the government is committed to the issue," she said.