Within the past two weeks, Ethiopian Jews in Israel have engaged in public protests in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv against racial discrimination. The protests were ignited by a physical attack on an Ethiopian-Jewish Israeli soldier, who at the time was in uniform, by Israeli police...
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Attackers ambushed a bus and killed 28 people early on Saturday in northeast Kenya, police and the Ministry of Interior said.
It was not immediately clear who the attackers were.
"Bandits ambushed a bus from Mandera that was heading to Nairobi at dawn and killed 28 passengers...
August 28, 2013 | 4:26 pm
An Ethiopia-born model won the fifth season of Israel’s “Big Brother” reality show.
Tahunia Rubel, 25, won the 1 million shekel prize, worth about $274,000, becoming the second woman to win on the show.
Many conflicts surrounded Rubel, including some dealing with race and ethnic identity. Some of the racial conflict reportedly caused two other contestants, a father and son, to be disqualified.
Earlier this year, an Ethiopian immigrant to Israel, Yityish Titi Aynam, 21, was crowned Miss Israel.
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A Knesset study commissioned after accusations that Ethiopian women waiting to come to Israel were given contraceptive injections against their will shows they had far fewer children than the country’s average.
The study conducted by the Knesset Research and Information Center...
June 25, 2013 | 2:53 pm
The Jewish Agency is preparing to end mass aliyah from Ethiopia with two final flights consisting of 400 immigrants on Aug. 28.
The Jewish Agency emissary to Ethiopia, Asher Seyum, made the announcement in a brief letter, saying the Jewish Agency will hand over its aid compounds...
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Yityish Aynaw, the first Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent, has been invited to meet President Obama at a dinner hosted by President Shimon Peres.
Aynaw, 21, who was crowned two weeks ago, reportedly was invited at the behest of Obama's advance team, which is currently in Israel...
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A new IDF unit will work on integrating Ethiopian recruits, who are over-represented in army prisons.
Army Radio reported that Brig.-Gen. Eli Shermeister, who heads the Israel Defense Forces Education and Youth Corps, set up the unit last month after senior IDF officers learned...
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Israeli and Jewish aid officials are denying an Israeli TV report alleging that Ethiopian immigrant women have been coerced into taking contraceptive shots.
The report, which aired Saturday night on Israeli Educational Television, charged that coercive contraception is behind a...
November 19, 2012 | 1:23 pm
The explosion occurred close enough to Stesyahu Alema to shake his apartment, where he sat with his wife and two of his five children.
But he didn’t flinch. None of them did.
“There are a lot of people with me, so I don’t need to worry,” Alema told JTA. “I don’t worry.”
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Israelis of Ethiopian descent can keep operating a protest tent outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled.
The high court ruled Tuesday that the tent, part of a protest of anti-Ethiopian discrimination, can remain on the site until the end of...
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Israel has appointed its first Ethiopia-born ambassador.
The appointment of Belaynesh Zevadia as Israel’s envoy to Ethiopia was announced Tuesday.
Zevadia also was the first Ethiopian Foreign Ministry cadet. She made aliyah at the age of 17 and studied at the Hebrew University in...
February 28, 2012 | 10:22 am
Israel will increase the number of immigrants from Ethiopia for the next several months after bringing in many fewer than it had promised.
Some 1,000 Falash Mura, Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity, will be brought to Israel over the next four months,...
February 15, 2012 | 10:53 am
An Ethiopian immigrant to Israel, who serves as the director of Tel Aviv University, is the first Ethiopian Jew appointed to Israel’s Council for Higher Education.
Pnina Gadai Agenyahu was appointed to the council this week by Israel’s Education Minister Gideon Saar.
January 18, 2012 | 3:00 pm
Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Jerusalem against racism and discrimination against Ethiopians in Israel.
Some 5,000 protesters marched in front of the Knesset Wednesday evening before proceeding to Zion Square for a rally. They carried signs reading “Blacks and Whites –...
January 11, 2012 | 11:03 am
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A memorial to Ethiopian Jews who died en route to Israel will be established on Mount Herzl.
Israel’s Cabinet on Nov. 27 approved the memorial, which will list the names of the approximately 4,000 members of the Ethiopian community who died while traveling on foot to Israel....
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Some 5,500 Ethiopian immigrants will celebrate the seder together in 16 absorption centers throughout Israel.
About 1,000 of the new Ethiopian immigrants have arrived in recent months and will celebrate their first Passover in Israel, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel.
March 30, 2011 | 2:46 pm
Dozens were injured and arrested at a demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Some 80 demonstrators claiming Jewish heritage were arrested and about the same number were injured as they protested outside the embassy demanding the right to immigrate to...