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  • Gunmen kill 28 in northeast Kenya bus attack

    November 22, 2014 | 12:39 am

    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...

  • Ethiopia-born model wins Israel’s ‘Big Brother’

    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.

  • Mending kids in need

    August 14, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    There was a 3 percent chance that the mole on 16-year-old Jacob Rubio’s forehead, which he had had since birth, might turn cancerous. When his mother, Juliann Castillo, noticed some lumps in it, she grew worried and requested a surgery to have it removed.

    But Medi-Cal considered...

  • Study: Ethiopian women in Israel have fewer children

    July 2, 2013 | 2:08 pm

    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...

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  • Ethiopian aliyah to end Aug. 28, Jewish Agency says

    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...

  • From ‘scared child’ to Miss Israel

    June 24, 2013 | 10:41 am

    When Yitayish “Titi” Ayenew, the first black Miss Israel, was a young orphan who moved from Ethiopia to Israel, it was learning the Hebrew language that turned around her fortunes.

    “Then, I was a scared child,” Ayenew, 22, told students at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen...

  • African-Israeli Splash

    April 4, 2013 | 3:45 am

    When Yityish Aynaw emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel at age 12, she was thrust into an Israeli classroom. An orphan lacking Hebrew skills, Aynaw says she relied on other kids and her own sheer ambition to get through.

    Ten years later, Aynaw, 22, is the first Ethiopian-Israeli to...

  • First Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent to dine with Obama

    March 14, 2013 | 8:14 am

    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...

  • East Africans, American clinch six top spots in Jerusalem race

    March 1, 2013 | 6:36 am

    East African runners and a U.S. Air Force captain won the six top spots in the annual Jerusalem marathon, which drew over 20,000 participants from 52 nations.

    Abraham Kabeto Ketla of Ethiopia won with a time of 2:16:29.25, a new record for the Jerusalem Winner International...

  • Tu B’Shvat all year + VIDEO

    February 15, 2013 | 1:16 am

    My 'Tu B'Shvat' celebration started when I came across an ad calling for volunteers to come and give a hand in establishing an urban farm in the middle of 'Shchoona Gimel' (3rd district) Be'er Sheva. The invitation was signed by the organization, Shvuat Ha Adama (Earth's Promise) ,...

  • IDF to tackle Ethiopian troops’ adjustment problems

    February 8, 2013 | 1:36 pm

    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...

  • Israeli officials order halt to underhanded contraception of Ethiopian women

    January 28, 2013 | 11:32 am

    Following a TV report alleging that Ethiopian Israeli women were being given contraceptive shots against their will, Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered physicians to put a stop to the practice.

    The report, broadcast Dec. 8 on the “Vacuum” investigative news program on Israeli...

  • Report: Coerced contraception behind 50 percent decline in Ethiopian-Israeli birth rate

    December 11, 2012 | 10:16 am

    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...

  • In a single day, Ethiopian immigrants make aliyah—and are thrust into a war zone

    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.”

    The...

  • Ariela’s legacy gives others direction, purpose

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 19, 2012 | 11:02 am

    Aviva Dese believes that without the Ariela Foundation, she’d probably be back in Nazareth Ilit, the factory town in the Galilee where she grew up, maybe with a low-paying assembly-line job, or maybe still wondering, like so many of her friends, what to do with her life. 

    ...
  • Ethiopian-Israeli Jews, mistaken for African migrant workers, feel racism’s pain

    June 4, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    When violent riots against African migrant workers erupted in south Tel Aviv recently, a mob attacked Hanania Wanda, a Jew of Ethiopian origin, mistaking him for a Sudanese migrant worker.

    “Wanda is my friend,” says Elias Inbram, a social activist in the Ethiopian community and a...

  • Ethiopian immigrants can operate protest tent, court rules

    April 25, 2012 | 10:25 am

    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...

  • Ethiopian emigres hold model seders

    April 3, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    Ethiopian immigrants to Israel held model seders in absorption centers throughout the country in preparation for their first Passover in Israel.

    Ethiopian immigrants in the absorption center in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevaseret Zion held a model seder Monday attended by Rabbi...

  • New Haggadahs: Reform version, novelists’ take and Ethiopian flavor

    March 28, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Leading a seder for the first time this year? There’s an app for that.

    Entries in the annual stream of new Haggadahs this year include a Reform version that comes in hardcover, paperback and iPad app editions. Two others feature a gorgeously designed Haggadah that features an...

  • Israel taps first Ethiopia-born envoy

    February 29, 2012 | 10:38 am

    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...

  • Israel to increase number of Ethiopian immigrants

    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,...

  • Ethiopian named to Israel’s Council for Highter Education

    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.

    Agenyahu, 31,...

  • Thousands protest discrimination against Ethiopian Israelis

    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 –...

  • Ethiopian Israelis demonstrate against discrimination

    January 11, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Hundreds of Israelis of Ethiopian descent and their supporters protested in the southern Israeli community of Kiryat Malachi against housing discrimination.

    Tuesday night’s demonstration, with estimates of up to 2,500 participants, came after what the Ethiopian residents of the city...

  • Memorial to Ethiopians to be built on Mount Herzl

    November 30, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    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.

    ...
  • Ethiopian aliyah hindered by overload at Israeli absorption centers

    October 6, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    It’s a typical Friday morning in Israel’s largest absorption center: A handful of local residents, all immigrants from Ethiopia, mill about examining wares for sale at a small, unofficial souk.

    Located in Mevasseret Zion, a town just outside Jerusalem, the center has become more...

  • Angelina Jolie’s Tattoos.

    By Julia Bendis

    May 15, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    As I looked at pictures of Angelina Jolie’s tattoos, I couldn’t help but want to get some more of my own.  The longitude and latitude ink of her childrens’ bithplaces looks so neat on her arm.  But not wanting to be a copy cat, I thought of putting actual names of cities where...

  • Ethiopians to hold large seders in Israel

    April 13, 2011 | 10:51 am

    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.

    The...

  • Police, protesters clash near Israeli Embassy in Ethiopia

    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...

  • Federations launch $5.5 million campaign for Ethiopian aliyah

    January 24, 2011 | 10:32 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America is launching a $5.5 million fundraising campaign for Ethiopian immigration to Israel.

    The campaign comes at the behest of the Israeli government, which agreed last November to bring up to 7,846 additional Ethiopians to Israel. Like Israel’s...

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