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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Bureaucracy and Elections Blamed As Ethiopian Immigration is Delayed

    Plans to accelerate the immigration to Israel of Ethiopia’s remaining Falash Mura community apparently have been delayed. The government previously had said the operation to bring 600 Falash Mura to Israel every month would begin in January. The plan is to determine who is eligible to come — somewhere between 13,000 to 20,000 — and… More ▸