Operation Solomon

  • Ethiopians Celebrate Anniversary of 1991 Operation Solomon Airlift

    Ethiopians from all over Israel converged on Jerusalem on Monday to celebrate the first anniversary of Operation Solomon, the airlift which brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel overnight. Sponsored by the Jewish Agency, the event was more a reunion than an anniversary party. While many onlookers enjoyed the dance and vocal performances onstage at Sacher… More ▸

  • Dinitz Predicts Israel Will Be Home to Half of World’s Jews by Year 2000

    Israel will be the largest Jewish center in the world by the year 2000, Jewish Agency Chairman Simcha Dinitz has predicted. If that prediction holds true, about half the world’s Jewish population would then be living in Israel. For the first time, there would be more Jews in Israel than in the United States, Dinitz… More ▸

  • U.S. and Israel Hail Syrian Move to Ease Travel Limits on Its Jews

    Syria’s decision to lift travel restrictions on its 4,500-member Jewish community is being hailed by U.S. and Israeli government officials, who are hopeful that it will enable Syrian Jews to emigrate and reunite with family members abroad. Israeli Deputy Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the announced change of policy as a “positive development” and thanked world… More ▸

  • Israel Mute on Reported Plan to Airlift Jews out of Yemen

    Israeli authorities have remained silent about reports that a new airlift is being planned to bring out the remaining Jews in Yemen. The government of Yemen has dismissed the reports, which first surfaced when the Sunday Times of London wrote that Israel intended to mount a rescue operation with or without the cooperation of the… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Ethiopian Jews Who Converted Face Misery with Little Hope

    About 3,000 Falas Mora — Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity — still live in Addis Ababa under deplorable conditions. Nothing sustains their hope for the future but a stubborn determination to go to Israel, according to Barbara Ribakove Gordon, executive director of the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, who recently returned from Ethiopia…. More ▸

  • More Than 145,000 Jews from USSR Made Aliyah During Its Final Year

    The Soviet Union may have ceased to exist, but the stampede of Jews surging from its 15 former republics continued without interruption in 1991, despite a slight dip this fall. According to the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, a total of 145,005 Jews from the former USSR made aliyah in 1991, bringing overall immigration to… More ▸

  • Yugoslav Jews Ready to Leave As War Tears the Country Apart

    Yugoslavia’s 5,500 Jews, deeply attached to their native country, are becoming more amenable to aliyah as the civil war between Serbs and Croats escalates and economic hardships grow. But despite the heavy fighting in Croatia, “no emergency airlift is planned, like Operation, Solomon,” which brought more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel over a 36-hour… More ▸

  • Hostages in Lebanon Will Be Home by Year’s End, Negotiator Predicts

    Uri Lubrani, Israel’s chief hostage negotiator, says he hopes all of the remaining Westerners held captive in Lebanon will be home by year’s end. Lubrani said his hope is based on the fact that, “for the first time, all the parties concerned, both sides of the game, are willing and ready to move ahead.” Now… More ▸

  • Remaining Ethiopian Jews Expected to Arrive in Israel Within 6 Months

    All of the remaining Jews in Ethiopia should be in Israel within six months, the chairman of the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency Executives predicted Monday. Simcha Dinitz told the WZO Executive that arrivals from Addis Ababa have been proceeding at a rate of 100 to 150 a week since the massive Operation Solomon… More ▸