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'Moving Moment': Israel Ends Ethiopian Repatriation Program


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Cal
- 334 days ago - spiegel.de
Some 450 Jews from Ethiopia landed in Israel on Wednesday, the last arrivals in a program to relocate the community to the Holy Land. The campaign, which lasted for nearly thirty years, has been plagued by controversy.



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Natasha Salgado (510)
Friday August 30, 2013, 11:32 pm
These poor Ethiopians maybe Jewish but it means nothing cos of their skin color. Acceptance will be very slow going. Thanks Cal
 

John S. (297)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:30 am
There's enough problems with religions, and adding nationality to the mix doesn't make it easier.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 9:46 am
from a small child,my father had told me about the plague of the falsha people,who believe they are the lost tribe of the twelve tribes of the original Jews that escaped Egypt.
I am deeply saddened that there are problems because of skin color,you would think Israel would take every Jew into their homestead as promised!!
noted,thanks Cal
 

tasunka m. (334)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 9:48 am
whoops,I really should preview my comments
sorry,Falasha...wouldn't want to change their name
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 11:20 am
People who critticize Israel for keeping up their end of the agreement can be damned. If I remember correctly, the first immigration was from planes Israel bought from Russia..
"Where there is a will, there is a way, where there is a way, there is your answer" - Mollie Rosenberg, my grandmother/
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:48 pm
Quote: Although some ultra-Orthodox Rabbis still refuse to recognize the group's status as Jews, the Israeli government organized a further repatriation effort ... End Quote.

The ultra-Orthodox don't accept most Russian Jews (unless they go through conversion), neither do they accept Reformed Jews, neither many Conservative Jews (without proof). Even some Jews who have had parents who survived the Holocaust can't marry in Israel because records were destroyed. Please don't use the argument of Orthodox acceptance to prove a point as to the validity of status in Israel of any group of Jews.

Although many Falashis do suffer persecution in some areas, many are very well integrated. They do have a sub-culture where they maintain their customs religiously, socially and in areas of food. But so do all new groups. As time goes on more people enjoy a good Falashi meal in many restaurants throughout the country. That's a good start.
 

Mary K. (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 2:06 pm
How sad. So many Jews do not realize that their original ancestors were of colour. Now, they discriminate against others of colour. If you are going to have a country based on a specific religion, it should not matter what colour your skin is, or what sect of that religion you belong to in order to have equal rights.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:42 pm
Noted.
 

Ira Herson (13)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 8:34 pm
It is great that Israelis are held to a higher standard than the rest of the world. Just think, the Ethiopian Jews face prejudice in Israel due to skin colour. I sure an happy that there is no skin colour prejudice in Australia or the USA.

Please do not think I condone racism when it it perpetrated against anyone. My parents were very involved in the civil rights movement and my father who was an orthodox rabbi was a member of the NAACP. My sister and I were educated to view racism as a a form of stupidity.

I join other in condemning the racism that the Ethiopian Jews face in Israel and I hope that in time they will be fully integrated into Israeli society.

However I do not accept that Israel as a nation should be condemned because it suffers stupid racists like the rest of the world. I do applaud Israel for bringing the Ethiopian Jews to Israel in the first place.
 

Alfred Donovan (44)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 12:53 am
With regard to the Ultra Orthodox Jews it always surprises me that a community which has suffered so much persecution in the past can show such hostility and bigotry to people of their persuasion.You would think they would have learned their lesson from the past. Alas however where religion is involved reason flies out of the window/
 

Carol D. (104)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 5:53 am
I have a close friend who is a devout Ethiopian jew and i think its sad if they are not being accepted in Israel
The Ethiopean jews have been around a long time and the colour of their skin should not make any difference
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (177)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 9:44 am
dzięki
 

Kate Kenner (202)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 3:36 pm
Yes, Alfred, it is sad when the oppressed become the oppressors. The ultra orthodox Jews i n Israel are very right wing. They don't even agree with the other jews there. They are closed minded and still believe the Messiah is coming.. I also remember when the Falashas were brought there and I am sad (angry?) that they have been treated in such a manner. I am always disturbed when those who have suffered bigotry and oppression and do the same to others.
As a Jew, albeit an atheist one, If find this to be particularly annoying but I feel that about any group who chooses not to remember the trials they went through themselves.
 

Don Schwarz (5)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 6:14 pm
Noted. I stand with Ira Herson, specifically, "... I do not accept that Israel as a nation should be condemned because it suffers stupid racists like the rest of the world. I do applaud Israel for bringing the Ethiopian Jews to Israel in the first place."
 

Stan B. (124)
Monday September 2, 2013, 1:46 am
What a fantastic achievement by Israel in getting these people out of Ethiopia.
If only the Arabs took the same care of their own the world would be a much better place.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Monday September 2, 2013, 3:44 am
Noted
 
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