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  • Israelis Accepting of Immigrants from Ethiopia, According to Survey

    Israelis have a generally positive view of Ethiopian immigrants to Israel, but they are divided over whether to allow a mass immigration of 26,000 Falash Mura, according to a new poll. The poll, commissioned by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, was released Wednesday as the organization announced a commitment of between $3 million… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Ethiopian Israelis Worry About the Fate of Relatives

    From the hilltop caravan site known as Givat Hamatos, the entire new city of Jerusalem shines below like a mirage. About 150 Ethiopian immigrant families once known as Falash Mura — Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity — look down in envy at everything from the drab housing projects of Katamon to the… More ▸

  • Sharansky: Ethiopians Deserve Fast Response to Aliyah Requests

    The approaching Passover holiday provided an appropriate backdrop for the Israeli interior minister’s mission to Ethiopia, where he reviewed the situation of thousands who seek an exodus to Israel. Natan Sharansky said he empathizes with the suffering of the 18,000 Ethiopians who have amassed at dusty transit camps, and he promised to streamline the process… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Amid Tension over Falash Mura, Israel Says It Needs $50 Million

    Israel is seeking $50 million from American Jewry to resettle thousands of Ethiopians seeking to immigrate to the Jewish state. Tension over the handling of Ethiopia’s so-called Falash Mura has escalated between American Jewish leaders and Israelis in recent months, as an estimated 18,000 people wait in difficult conditions in Addis Ababa and Gondar, in… More ▸

  • Blacks, Jews Come Together to Help Ethiopian Israeli Kids

    Ethiopian Jewish children in Israel are playing with black-skinned dolls as part of an attempt by Jewish and black communities worldwide to bridge gaps between the two groups. The Project People Foundation, an African American organization that works on interfaith projects, distributed more than 1,000 dolls to Israel through its Sponsor-A-Smile Campaign. “It’s about more… More ▸

  • Ethiopians in Israel Appeal for Quick Action on Relatives

    Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv over the weekend to raise public awareness of the plight of thousands of their relatives they say remain stranded in Ethiopia. Organizers of the meeting appealed to Prime Minister Ehud Barak to personally intervene to bring the group of immigrant hopefuls — often referred to as Falash… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: After Years of Frustration, Kwara Jews Are Euphoric

    Contentedly sitting on his cot at the absorption center, Manjur Adema exhibits little of the frustration he felt over the past seven years as he desperately waited to leave the remote Kwara region of Ethiopia and reunite with his extended family in Israel. Like many of the more than 500 Jews who have arrived here… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Close to 100 Jews from northern Ethiopia arrived in Israel on Tuesday as part of stepped-up efforts to bring over the more than 3,000 Jews living in the Kwara region. Israel was criticized during the past year by advocates for Ethiopian Jewry for failing to expedite the immigration of the Kwara Jews, who were left… More ▸

  • Israel Denies Arms-for-jews Deal with Ethiopian Government

    Israel is dismissing as “nonsense” a report that it traded arms for the release of thousands of Jews from Ethiopia. The report from London says that the group of 76 Jews from the Kwara region in the north of the country who arrived in Israel on Tuesday came as part of an operation linked to… More ▸

  • Will Arrival of Kwara Jews Mark ‘beginning of the End’ of Their Plight?

    Will arrival of Kwara Jews mark `beginning of the end’ of their plight? Seventy-six Jews from the Kwara region of northern Ethiopia touched down this week at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Their arrival Tuesday marked what many advocates hoped was “the beginning of the end” of the plight of an estimated 3,800 Ethiopian Jews… More ▸