450 Falasha go from Ethiopia to Israel

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Ethiopia’s Falash Mura repatriated to Israel

Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia kiss the ground upon their arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on 28 August 2013Ethiopia’s Jews have waged a long campaign to migrate to Israel

 

About 450 Ethiopians of Jewish descent have been repatriated to Israel, concluding an Israeli government-backed scheme to relocate the community.

Their migration was “historic”, Israel’s Minister of Absorption Sofa Landver is quoted as saying.

Many members of the Falash Mura community lived in poor conditions in northern Ethiopia.

The Falash Mura’s ancestors converted to Christianity under pressure in the 19th Century.

They have been waging a decades-long campaign to be allowed to settle in Israel.

‘Welcomed’

Their campaign has been plagued by controversy, as some Israelis questioned their Jewish links while others accused the government of not doing enough to help them.

I am proud to take part in this historic event” Sofa Landver Government minister

In 2010, the Israeli government agreed to resume its repatriation programme, dubbed Operation Dove’s Wings…

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