The Jewish Agency for Israel has requested special assistance
from the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem to help
accelerate the return of the last 8,700 Ethiopian Jews to Israel
by sponsoring direct aliyah flights over coming months.
According to Howard Flower, ICEJ Director of Aliyah Operations,
JAFI officials say the need is urgent given the current drought
and political turmoil in the region, as well as the growing
medical problems of the Jewish community still in camps in the
mountainous Gondar area.
Years of intense debate ended last November when the Israeli
government and rabbinic authorities finally approved the aliyah
requests of over 8,000 Jews left in Ethiopia who are known as
Falash Mura. These are Jews whose ancestors were pressured to
convert to Christianity about 150 years ago for economic reasons
but still sought to retain in part their Jewish identities and
The Jewish Agency has been flying them to Israel at the rate of
200 per month in special flight groups of 100 passengers each.
At the current rate, however, it will take up to four years to
complete this unique aliyah initiative
"With concerns growing over their deteriorating conditions, the
Jewish Agency is eager to speed up the process, and due to
budget cuts they are very thankful for the help from the
Christian Embassy", said Flower. "We are a long-time partner
with JAFI in the great modern-day aliyah and this provides us
with another amazing opportunity to assist in the final
Ingathering of the Jews to the land of their forefathers."
The request for ICEJ assistance came on the 20th anniversary
of "Operation Solomon", when nearly 15,000 Ethiopian Jews were
brought to Israel in a dramatic airlift involving 34 round-trip
flights in 36 hours. Rebels opposed to the Marxist regime in
Addis Ababa were closing in on the capital, forcing the
country's military ruler to flee. With diplomatic intervention
from the United States, Israeli leaders convinced the rebels to
allow them to bring the throngs of Jews home in a swift, massive
operation over one weekend in late May 1991.
A half decade earlier, "Operation Moses" had rescued an initial
wave of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who had fled the nation's
bitter civil war and were trying to journey to Israel by foot
This current group of more than 8,000 Falash Mura represents the
last contingent of Ethiopian Jews who will be able to come home
to Israel under the Law of Return, thereby realising this
isolated community's ancient dream of returning to Zion one day.
The Christian Embassy has committed to helping with this urgent
humanitarian mission as we work to hasten their rate of return
to Israel. The first ICEJ-sponsored flight in this accelerated
aliyah initiative will make the journey to Ben-Gurion Airport in
August with 100 Ethiopian Jews on board.
"We plan to be waiting with a festive reception", said Flower.
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