The West Bank settlement council of Samaria is targeting potential Jewish immigrants from France, encouraging them to move to five specially selected settlements in the northern West Bank.
The settler-affiliated news site Arutz 7 reports that Gershon Mesika, Head of the Samaria regional council, and his deputy, Yossi Dagan, held home meetings in Paris last week, during which they provided practical information about the area, the settlements and their characters, educational systems and housing possibilities.
Following these home meetings, an in-depth tour of the northern West Bank settlement area is being conducted this week for potential immigrants.
Gershon Mesika, who is under police investigation for alleged acts of corruption, stated that “Numerous settlements are interested in absorbing immigrants from France, with the knowledge that this is Zionism and a true mission. We conducted in-depth examinations concerning the demands of the immigrants and participating settlements, such that the absorption will be positive both amongst the immigrants and residents of the settlements themselves”.
Last summer a group of ten immigrating families from France were taken directly from the airport to the northern West Bank settlement of Yakir, where a system of “community immigrant absorption” was implemented in which the immigrants were adopted by local residents.
The project was judged a success, and Mesika ordered expansion of the project to include four additional settlements.
A potential immigrant was quoted in the article as saying that “What spoke to us very much was the community nature of the settlements in Samaria and their proximity to Israel's centre (greater Tel Aviv region – AIC)”.
Yossi Dagan, the Deputy Head of the Samaria Region Council, also emphasised the “community nature of the settlements, their proximity to population centres, employment and the Zionist challenge – all of these place Samaria highly amongst Jews of France who are considering immigrating to Israel”.