Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90
View of the Jewish Agency headquarters in Jerusalem, November 29, 2016.

After repeated exchanges in the media between Israel and the Russian government, an Israeli legal delegation finally departed for Moscow on Wednesday night.

“On instructions from Prime Minister Yair Lapid and in coordination with the authorities in Russia, the Israeli delegation … will hold meetings with the relevant officials in Russia,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

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The legal team is tasked with helping the Jewish Agency face a hearing in a Moscow court this Thursday.

Russia’s Justice Ministry has issued an order to shut down the activities of the Agency, which provides support for the Jewish community and facilitates the immigration of those who wish to move to Israel.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.