Update on the Situation in Kyrgyzstan

April 13, 2010 / 29 Nissan 5770 

Dear Friends,

I know that we are all concerned about the situation that has developed in recent days in Kyrgyzstan and the immediate effect on our fellow brethren in its Jewish community.

In response to this latest emergency, I dispatched Alex Katz, head of the Jewish Agency's FSU region, to Kyrgyzstan so that he can act quickly on behalf of us during this crisis. We are in contact with those individuals who are in various stages of their Aliyah process and have extended assistance to others who are interested in pursuing or exploring their Aliyah options at this time. We have also offered our assistance to the entire Jewish community during this very tenuous and difficult period.

I have personally spoken to our local Aliyah representative as well as with Vladimir Kritzman, the principal of the Pri Etz Chaim school, who expressed appreciation for the Jewish Agency's swift, immediate, and efficient response as well as our support.

Alex arrived in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, within forty-eight hours of the outbreak, and we have been in contact on a regular basis. The most recent report from Alex is that the airports are operational, there is a curfew imposed on the city from 10 PM- 6 AM, and there is a sense of relative calm and order in the streets. (All this, of course, is true at present; we continue to monitor the situation and stand ready to respond at the moment of any change.)

I have asked Alex to remain in Kyrgyzstan's capital until the situation stabilizes and to maintain contact with the Jewish community's leaders.

Thus far, Alex met with the Jewish communal leaders, has heard their concerns and extended our readiness to be of help.

There is complete coordination between us and the Government of Israel as well as other Jewish organizations in the region.

As we continue to be updated from our Jewish Agency professionals in the field, who continue to monitor the situation, I will naturally update you accordingly.

Natan Sharansky

For further information contact:
Michael Jankelowitz,
Liaison to the Foreign Press, Jewish Agency for Israel
Mobile: +972-52-6130220;
Voice-mail: +972-2-620-2780
website: www.jewishagency.org



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