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  • Israeli Official Who Led Effort to Absorb Ethiopians Dies at 65

    A former Jewish Agency for Israel official is being remembered for his leadership in absorbing thousands of Ethiopian Jews into Israel. Uri Gordon, who headed the agency’s department of immigration, died Sunday at the age of 65. During Operation Solomon in the early 1990s, he supervised the settlement of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews who immigrated to… More ▸

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    Uri Gordon, head of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s department of immigration and absorption, died over the weekend at the age of 65. Gordon supervised the absorption of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews who immigrated as part of Operation Solomon during the early 1990s, and in recent years was involved in absorbing Jews from the former Soviet… More ▸

  • Sharansky: Ethiopians Deserve Fast Response to Aliyah Requests

    The approaching Passover holiday provided an appropriate backdrop for the Israeli interior minister’s mission to Ethiopia, where he reviewed the situation of thousands who seek an exodus to Israel. Natan Sharansky said he empathizes with the suffering of the 18,000 Ethiopians who have amassed at dusty transit camps, and he promised to streamline the process… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Amid Tension over Falash Mura, Israel Says It Needs $50 Million

    Israel is seeking $50 million from American Jewry to resettle thousands of Ethiopians seeking to immigrate to the Jewish state. Tension over the handling of Ethiopia’s so-called Falash Mura has escalated between American Jewish leaders and Israelis in recent months, as an estimated 18,000 people wait in difficult conditions in Addis Ababa and Gondar, in… More ▸

  • Ethiopians in Israel Appeal for Quick Action on Relatives

    Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv over the weekend to raise public awareness of the plight of thousands of their relatives they say remain stranded in Ethiopia. Organizers of the meeting appealed to Prime Minister Ehud Barak to personally intervene to bring the group of immigrant hopefuls — often referred to as Falash… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: After Years of Frustration, Kwara Jews Are Euphoric

    Contentedly sitting on his cot at the absorption center, Manjur Adema exhibits little of the frustration he felt over the past seven years as he desperately waited to leave the remote Kwara region of Ethiopia and reunite with his extended family in Israel. Like many of the more than 500 Jews who have arrived here… More ▸

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    Close to 100 Jews from northern Ethiopia arrived in Israel on Tuesday as part of stepped-up efforts to bring over the more than 3,000 Jews living in the Kwara region. Israel was criticized during the past year by advocates for Ethiopian Jewry for failing to expedite the immigration of the Kwara Jews, who were left… More ▸

  • Israel Denies Arms-for-jews Deal with Ethiopian Government

    Israel is dismissing as “nonsense” a report that it traded arms for the release of thousands of Jews from Ethiopia. The report from London says that the group of 76 Jews from the Kwara region in the north of the country who arrived in Israel on Tuesday came as part of an operation linked to… More ▸

  • Will Arrival of Kwara Jews Mark ‘beginning of the End’ of Their Plight?

    Will arrival of Kwara Jews mark `beginning of the end’ of their plight? Seventy-six Jews from the Kwara region of northern Ethiopia touched down this week at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Their arrival Tuesday marked what many advocates hoped was “the beginning of the end” of the plight of an estimated 3,800 Ethiopian Jews… More ▸

  • Groups Upset at the Slow Progress in Bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel

    For the past year, the Israeli government has pledged that it would step up its efforts to bring a group of Jews remaining in Ethiopia to Israel. Disappointed with Israel’s progress on this front, and concerned about the welfare of emigrant hopefuls waiting in limbo, some American Jews, and even American Christians, have coupled their… More ▸