Acknowledging the imperative to shift the paradigm and create an understanding for Olim to have access to loved ones, always and at challenging times in particular, we will advocate on behalf of all Olim, for consistent, holistic entry/exit policies that take them into account in decision making processes. As citizens who by definition have parted from loved ones when realizing personal and collective vision and mission, Olim must be considered as a unique designated group. As such, immediate family members of all Israeli citizens, including Olim, should be able to travel to Israel even at times when foreigners are barred from entering the country. This does not prefer them over others, rather it ‘levels the playing field’, ensuring equality for all Israeli citizens, to have the care and support of immediate family members, acknowledging it is a basic need. Further, dual citizens, including Olim, to exit Israel to their countries of origin, enabling them to be with family during vital times or pursue their livelihoods.
Foreigners with a valid visa to be in Israel for an extended period of time (ex. student visas, work visas, those attending programs like Masa, etc.), holding all required permits and medical records, should be permitted entry. An emphasis must be placed on creating mechanisms for facilitated group travel for educational purposes, where possible even during times of travel restrictions, recognizing and prioritizing the singular connections forged through such trips.