Photo: The entrance in Moscow to a Russian branch of the Jewish Agency for Israel, or HaSochnut haYehudit l’Eretz Yisra’el, commonly known as Sokhnut, which the Russian government is seeking to shut down. Evgenia Novozhenina, courtesy Reuters
by Aaron Bandler
Israel will send a delegation to Moscow next week in response to Russia’s escalation on the matter, Times of Israel reported.
Russia’s Justice Ministry filed suit on July 21 officially calling for the Jewish Agency for Israel to be dissolved.
Earlier in July the ministry issued a series of demands to the agency which would be difficult to implement. Jerusalem Post has reported the Russian ministry is alleging that the agency unlawfully collected personal data on Russian citizens, though the Post noted it’s not unusual for organizations like the agency to “collect information about people who apply for aliyah or who participate in their activities.”
Israel will be sending a delegation to Moscow next week in response to Russia’s escalation on the matter, Times of Israel reported.
“The Jewish community in Russia is deeply connected to Israel and its importance comes up in every diplomatic conversation with the Russian leadership,” Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid said in a statement. “We will continue to act through diplomatic channels so the important work of the Jewish Agency is not impeded.”
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