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    Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip refugee camp of Rafah. The troops left all areas of Rafah on Monday night. During the weeklong maneuver, called Operation Rainbow, the army killed 41 Palestinian terrorists and 11 civilians, and destroyed three tunnels used for weapons smuggling, Brig. Gen. Shmuel Zakai said. Palestinians say many of those… More ▸

  • Kids Have African-israeli Identity, but Ethiopian Parents Still Foreigners

    Down a dark, smokey stairwell and in a basement disco of swirling colored lights, the music grows louder — a thumping beat with lilting Amharic lyrics piped through speakers and echoing onto a packed dance floor of young Ethiopian Israelis. In the jostling crowd that is almost exclusively Ethiopian, women in tight jeans and tank… More ▸

  • Obituary Simcha Dinitz, Jewish Agency Head and Ambassador to U.s., Dead at 74

    It was October 1973, the Yom Kippur War was raging and Israel was facing the abyss. Kalman Sultanik, a World Zionist Organization executive, was riding through New York City with Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Simcha Dinitz, when Dinitz interrupted to call U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “Kissinger called him back right away,”… More ▸

  • As Falash Mura Languish, Some Hope Courts Can Force Israel’s Hand

    Where protests and appeals to activists have failed, 390 Ethiopians who want to immigrate to Israel hope the courts can provide some relief. The Falash Mura, Ethiopians whose Jewish ancestors converted to Christianity, often under societal pressure, filed a lawsuit Monday against the Jewish state for allegedly dragging its feet on their immigration to Israel…. More ▸

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    A ceremony was held Sunday at a Jewish Agency absorption center outside Jerusalem marking the 12th anniversary of Operation Solomon. Some 14,000 Ethiopian Jews were brought to Israel during the 36-hour operation. More ▸

  • Israeli Cabinet Oks Mass Aliyah for 18,000 Falash Mura in Ethiopia

    The Israeli Cabinet’s decision this week to find the swiftest way to bring thousands of Ethiopians to Israel has reignited a controversy over how — and if — to deal with the potential immigrants. On Sunday, the Cabinet approved a plan to immediately bring to Israel some 18,000 to 20,000 Falash Mura, the majority of… More ▸

  • Profile Ethiopians’ First Conservative Rabbi Shares His Faith with His Community

    In a classroom full of restless Ethiopian children, Rabbi Yefet Alemo talks about the various nationalities that make up the Jewish people. “What is a Russian Jew?” Alemo asks. “A Jew from Russia,” they answer in unison. “How about an Ethiopian Jew?” says Alemo, who is Ethiopian. “He’s from Ethiopia!” they answer, giggling. The point… More ▸

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    Members of Israel’s Ethiopian community held a ceremony in Jerusalem in memory of those who died en route to Israel during the past two decades. The ceremony was part of a weeklong celebration for Ethiopian immigrants on the tenth anniversary of Operation Solomon, a massive airlift of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. More ▸

  • Israeli Official Who Led Effort to Absorb Ethiopians Dies at 65

    A former Jewish Agency for Israel official is being remembered for his leadership in absorbing thousands of Ethiopian Jews into Israel. Uri Gordon, who headed the agency’s department of immigration, died Sunday at the age of 65. During Operation Solomon in the early 1990s, he supervised the settlement of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews who immigrated to… More ▸

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    Uri Gordon, head of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s department of immigration and absorption, died over the weekend at the age of 65. Gordon supervised the absorption of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews who immigrated as part of Operation Solomon during the early 1990s, and in recent years was involved in absorbing Jews from the former Soviet… More ▸