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Ethiopian Jews Protest in Jerusalem

Almost 1,000 Ethiopian Jews demonstrated last week in Jerusalem against “government inaction in helping their families to immigrate to Israel.”

Many demonstrators argued that they did not accept the government’s claim that it was doing its best to save Ethiopia’s Jews, and that publicity might hurt the cause. They said the situation could not get any worse.

The demonstration was held outside Binyanei Haooma site of the session of the Zionist General Council. The demonstration then moved to the Prime Minister’s office, where after a sit-in which lasted six hours, a representative of the Premier told them Yitzhak Shamir would receive a delegation of the group this week. A delegation was permitted to meet with Haim Aharon, head of the Jewish Agency Aliya Department.