THE Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) has urged Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to lift the entry ban on non-Israeli nationals, expressing concern over the impact of the travel restrictions on ties between Israel and Jews in Australia.
“On behalf of the Australian Jewish community, I urge you to find a solution that appropriately protects the health and wellbeing of Israeli citizens but allows Diaspora Jewry to visit Israel under whatever necessary safeguards or conditions are required,” ZFA president Jeremy Leibler wrote in an open letter.
“Most of us have close family members, including parents, children and grandchildren who are living in Israel – some of whom are serving in the IDF as lone soldiers or have recently completed their military service.
“The Australian Jewish community recognises and accepts that the Israeli Government must take any steps it deems necessary to protect the health and wellbeing of its citizens. However, I am deeply concerned about the impact that these restrictions are having and will continue to have on our community and its connection with the State of Israel.
“Israel has been a leader in fighting COVID-19 and protecting its citizens. I am certain it can continue to do so while ensuring that the bond between Israel and the Diaspora remains strong.”
WITH TIMES OF ISRAEL