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Ethiopian Official Protests Israel Decision to Bar Immigration of Falasha Jews

March 1, 1950
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A formal protest against the decision of the Israel Government to bar the entry of Falasha (Ethiopian) Jews was filed today with the Middle East Department of the Israel legation here by Dr. S. Taamrat, cultural attache of the Ethiopian legation in Paris, who is himself a Falasha.

Dr. Taamrat asserted that the Falashas “live in strict accordance with the precepts of the Mosaic law, and are absolutely free of contagious diseases, which are widespread among other sections of the Ethiopian population.” (Israel decided to bar the immigration of Falasha Jews after a medical mission sent to Abbysinia reported that the Jews in that country suffer from an inherited and infectious disease.)

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