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June 26, 1998
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A plane carrying 58 Falash Mura arrived in Israel from Ethiopia in what the government described as the end of its campaign to bring Ethiopians as part of a family reunification plan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Absorption Minister Yuli Edelstein and Avraham Burg, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, welcomed the new arrivals at Ben-Gurion Airport. The immigrants arrived amid continuing controversy over the status of other Falash Mura — Ethiopians of Jewish descent whose current status as Jews is disputed — who are seeking entry to Israel. In addition, a few thousand Jews remain in the Kwara region, near Sudan.

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