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9 Holocaust survivor refugees from Ukraine arrive in Israel on rescue flight

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

A medical rescue flight that is carrying nine Holocaust survivors fleeing Russia's invasion arrives at Ben Gurion Airport on April 27, 2022. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)
A medical rescue flight that is carrying nine Holocaust survivors fleeing Russia's invasion arrives at Ben Gurion Airport on April 27, 2022. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

A plane carrying nine Holocaust survivor refugees from Ukraine lands in Israel just as the country ushers in Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In total, the special medical rescue flight is carrying 21 refugees immigrating to Israel, according to the Zaka emergency response group, which helped organize the flight alongside the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

The plane is met by ambulances to ferry the elderly and infirm passengers directly to hospitals and care facilities.

Immigration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata meets the refugees personally. Before the plane touched down, she noted the resonance of the flight landing at the start of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“It is symbolic. If in the Holocaust they didn’t have a place to run. Today, there is a strong Jewish home,” she says.

Immigration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata and Zaka rescue service personnel greet a plane carrying several Holocaust survivors fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at Ben Gurion Airport, on April 27, 2022. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

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