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  • Focus on Issues: Israel Not Making the Grade in Educating Ethiopian Youth

    The rescue of Ethiopian Jewry stands as an enduring source of pride for the Jewish community — a heroic undertaking that exemplified what Israel and Zionism are all about. Operation Moses in 1984 and Operation Solomon in 1991 brought tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, where the promise of a better life awaited… More ▸

  • Hollywood Movie to Highlight Club Med’s `role’ in Ethiopian Lift

    A Club Med resort served as a base for airlifting Ethiopian Jews to Israel? That’s the incredible story line of a proposed Hollywood film, provisionally titled “Falasha.” In the “fact-based” movie, the hero is a New York stockbroker who says he was approached by the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, while vacationing in Israel and… More ▸

  • Announcement on Ethiopians Raises Hopes for Potential Emigres

    For the 3,500 Ethiopians desperate to resettle in Israel, new hopes have been sparked that the wait may soon be over. A decision by an Israeli ministerial committee last week could lead to the closure of the Falash Mura transit compound in Addis Ababa and the speeded-up immigration to Israel of the people based there…. More ▸

  • High Court Backs Ethiopian Olim in Controversy over Israel Prize

    Israel’s High Court of Justice has asked Education Minister Zevulun Hammer to cancel a decision to award the Israel Prize for journalism to a columnist who wrote a controversial article about Ethiopian immigrants. The court also asked Hammer to clarify whether the Israel Prize committee would have reconsidered its decision had it known about the… More ▸

  • Journalist Loses Israel Prize After Ethiopian Olim Protest

    Criticism of an article about Ethiopian immigrants that was selected to receive an Israel Prize for journalism has led to the withdrawal of the honor. Veteran Ma’ariv columnist Shmuel Schnitzer was announced earlier this month as one of this year’s three recipients of the Israel Prize for journalism. The other winners are Israel Television news… More ▸

  • Israeli Ethiopian Leaders Seek Program to Educate About Aids

    Israeli Ethiopian leaders have asked the government to implement an AIDS awareness campaign in their community. The community has a relatively high incidence of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to Israeli officials. Funding for the program — about $6 million is needed — has not been secured. One year ago in Jerusalem, a… More ▸

  • Jewish Coalition Joins Effort to Enhance Ethiopian Absorption

    One year ago in Jerusalem, a violent protest of Ethiopian Jews erupted after the discovery that Israeli health officials were disposing of their blood donations for fear of HIV contamination. Consensus was that health officials had bungled badly. But there was also a recognition that the Ethiopians were expressing pain and outrage over the broader… More ▸

  • Commission Flays Officials Who Dumped Ethiopian Blood

    The Israeli commission looking into the dumping of Ethiopian Jewish blood donations has flayed the health officials who decided to toss the blood. But the panel, which presented its findings Sunday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, did not recommend that disciplinary steps be taken against the officials involved in the secret disposal of the blood…. More ▸

  • Teens Return to Ethiopia in Program to Boost Pride

    Eli Sabo, a 16-year-old high school student, clearly remembers the day more than seven years ago when he and his family began their long journey to Israel. “One day, a man came to our village and told us we would be taken to Israel,” he said, his voice barely a whisper. “It was all very… More ▸

  • Ethiopian Israeli Blood Dispute May Hurt U.S. Black-jewish Ties

    Televised scenes of Israelis police aiming powerful water cannons and lobbing tear gas canisters at angry Ethiopian Jewish protesters had led to some concern about the debacle’s possible impact on black-Jewish relations in the United States. Police clashed with some 10,000 Ethiopian immigrants who were demonstrating Sunday in Jerusalem to protest reports that Magen David… More ▸