Africa

  • Arrest of Ethiopian Aid Official Raises Concern for Falash Mura Fate

    The arrest of the local director of the Jewish aid compound in the Ethiopian city of Gondar is prompting growing concern about the future of thousands of Falash Mura waiting to immigrate to Israel. The arrest last week of the official, Getu Zemene, led to the temporary closure of the Gondar aid compound, a multisite… More ▸

  • Travel There Are Few Creature Comforts, but Ethiopia Has Rich Jewish History

    The ferry ride across the river is brief, two or three minutes in a small wooden dinghy with a plastic awning that barely fends off the midday sun. With three foreigners, a rangy pilot and his youthful assistant, our craft is relatively empty — at least, compared to the adjacent boat that perches perilously low… More ▸

  • After Harrowing Journey to Israel, Sudanese Refugees End Up in Jail

    Ali and his sister started running as hard as they could toward the mountains near their village in Darfur when it was attacked and burned by militia forces — but his sister did not run quite fast enough, and was gunned down before Ali’s eyes. Ali, not his real name, eventually made his way to… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture on American Tour, Israeli Comic Tells Stories of Ethiopian Heritage

    As part of his one-man theatrical comedy, “It Sounds Better in Amharic,” Israeli actor Yossi Vassa recounted scenes from his youth in Uzava, the northern Ethiopian village where he was raised. “Children would run through lush meadows during spring,” he recently told a sold-out crowd at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco,… More ▸

  • Ad Campaign by Israel, Group Aims to Boost Ethiopian-israeli Image

    The sound of lilting music grows louder as the camera zooms in on a face in shadow. In the corner of the television screen the person’s statistics are flashed: age 25, lawyer, represents Israel abroad. A light is then cast onto the face, revealing a young Ethiopian Israeli woman wearing a business suit. In accentless… More ▸

  • Veteran Ethiopian Israeli Community Divided on Falash Mura’s Immigration

    Overlooking the panorama of Jerusalem’s Old City at twilight a group of Ethiopians teenagers argue whether or not the Falash Mura community should be brought to Israel en masse. “If they are Jewish, why not?” says Sharon Balata, a 16-year-old from Ashdod. “But no, they are Christian,” protests her friend Yardena Yamrashet, 18, from Rehovot…. More ▸