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February 27, 2003
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Ethiopia denounced Israel’s plans for an immigration of Ethiopians who claim Jewish heritage. “It is beyond Ethiopia’s comprehension why anyone would wish to organize a mass movement of people from Ethiopia, when everyone is free to leave the country in a normal and legal way,” a government official told Reuters.

After years of controversy related to eligibility, Israel has announced plans to absorb some 18,000 Falash Mura — Ethiopian descendants of Jews forced to convert to Christianity.

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