Knesset bill would create Aliyah Day

A bill celebrating immigration to Israel, or aliyah, was submitted to the Knesset.

Yom HaAliyah, or Aliyah Day, would be marked on the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, five days before Passover.

The national holiday would “affirm Jewish immigration to Israel, known as Aliyah, as a foundational core principle of the state, and will honor the continuing contribution of immigrants who have come to Israel over the years,” according to a statement issued by Jay Shultz, the author of the bill along with Jonathan Javor, a former Londoner. Shultz, an ex-New Yorker, founded an online community for young professional immigrants.

All of Israel’s major parties signed the bill.

The 10th of Nissan is considered the day the children of Israel under Joshua’s leadership crossed the Jordan River into the land of Israel — the first mass aliyah in history. — jta