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  • Israeli Cabinet approves immigration of 9,000 more Ethiopians of Jewish descent

    November 16, 2015 | 2:34 pm

    Israel’s government has approved the entry of some 9,000 Ethiopians who claim Jewish descent, two years after bringing what it said was the final airlift of Ethiopians to Israel.

    The Cabinet on Sunday unanimously voted to bring the Ethiopians, known as Falash Mura, to Israel over...

  • Photographing Ethiopian immigrants in Israel and L.A.

    By Avishay Artsy

    October 21, 2015 | 11:52 am

    In the 1980s, when photojournalist Irene Fertik learned that Ethiopian Jews were being airlifted to Israel, she wondered how they would be treated in their new country. She’d lived on a kibbutz in Israel for a few months in 1967, right after the Six-Day War, but had never returned....

  • How much did Jeb Bush really do to rescue Ethiopian Jews?

    September 4, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor running for the Republican presidential nomination, has been called out for exaggerating his role in the rescue of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s.

    Bush takes credit on his campaign website for Operation Joshua, a U.S.-led transfer of Ethiopian...

  • Rabbinical bias against Ethiopians to be punished, religion minister says

    May 22, 2015 | 9:56 am

    Israel’s newly-appointed religious services minister said he would void the marriage authority of municipal rabbinates if they are found to be discriminating against Ethiopian Jews.

    David Azoulay of the Orthodox Shas party spoke Thursday with Army Radio, following the station’s...

  • Rivlin, Netanyahu pledge to repair relations with Ethiopian Israelis

    May 18, 2015 | 8:42 am

    Israel erred in its treatment of Ethiopian immigrants, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said at a state ceremony in memory of the Ethiopian Jews who died on their way to Israel.

    Sunday’s ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, which takes place annually on Jerusalem Day,...

  • Israel’s Ethiopian protest: Crying ‘racism’ doesn’t solve the problem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 4, 2015 | 3:57 am

    Israel has a problem with its police force. It is a problem that needs fixing – one task that the incoming government better not neglect. In recent months, Israel learned that senior policemen systematically harassed policewomen and women who are not in the police force; it was...

  • Petach Tikvah chief rabbi rejects Ethiopians for marriage certificates

    September 8, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    The Sephardi chief rabbi in the Israeli city of Petach Tikvah has been refusing to perform marriages for Ethiopian Jews in his community.

    Saying their Jewishness is questionable, Rabbi Binyamin Atias has rejected the Falash Mura, whose ancestors converted from Judaism more than...

  • October 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 29, 2012 | 3:07 am


    Netanyahu’s Big Gamble

    The prime minister's decision to run alongside Yisrael Beiteinu in the January elections has not been uniformly embraced within both parties, writes Carl Vick for Time.

    Likud in fact came into existence as an blending of right-wing parties,...

  • Schools to Accept Ethiopian Students

    September 2, 2009 | 8:49 pm

    Three private religious schools in Petach Tikvah will admit Ethiopian students. The agreement was reached hours before the start of the school year by the Education Ministry.

    On Sunday, the Education Ministry had announced that it would cut off funding to the private religious...

  • Tale of the ‘Stranger’ leaps from book to musical

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    It was 1985, and many of the Ethiopian Jews who'd been airlifted from Sudan were being housed in a hotel in Netanya, Israel. When writer Sonia Levitin entered the temporary nursery, she was particularly struck by all the babies and toddlers who'd been born since their families had...
  • New books chronicle new exodus—Ethiopians’ journey and its aftermath

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes," by Howard M. Lenhoff (Gefen; $24.95).

    "The Ethiopian Jews of Israel," by Len Lyons (Jewish Lights; $34.99).

    Roughly 20 years ago, Sudan, whose western Darfur region has been engulfed in genocide for four years, watched another other tragedy...

  • Falash Mura Wait and Hope

    By Sophia Kay

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I pulled my rubber-duck-yellow poncho over my head and trudged through the dirt of the open sewage and trash in the shantytown, trying to breathe through my mouth. I was in Ethiopia with my mother and a mission from United Jewish Communities (UJC) and I could smell the people's...

  • The Nation and The World

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    New Anti-Semitism Report

    The U.S. State Department praised the work of European governments against anti-Semitism, but said law enforcement must do more to respond to anti-Semitic crimes. The State Department�(tm)s report addressing anti-Semitic incidents around the...

  • Pressure on Aiding Ethiopians Grows

    By Uriel Heilman

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Increased pressure from officials of American Jewish organizations is driving preliminary talks on a new deal to bring thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel before famine takes a heavy toll on the community remaining in Ethiopia.

    Coming on the eve of a federation-sponsored trip to...

  • Pressuring Israel on Ethiopian Aliyah

    By Julie G Fax

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Twelve Jews died in Ethiopia this summer -- two of famine, 10 of mostly treatable medical conditions -- and Dick Giesberg wants to know what it says about the Zionist imperative when the Israeli government refuses to expedite the immigration of a suffering Jewish community.

    "I'm not...

  • A Call to Action

    By Naomi Segal

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    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, Israel's interior minister, said he empathizes with the suffering of...

  • Cover Story

    By Ruth Mason

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "We boarded a big bird with steel wings. Mother cried and father was silent. He knew that everything was about to change. Goodbye to you Africa; everything erased in one day."

    -- from "Memories of Africa," on the CD "Shlomo Gronich and...