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Israel gives green light to immigration of 3,000 Ethiopians

2021-11-28T20:29:46.805Z

The Israeli government on Sunday approved the "immediate" immigration of 3,000 Ethiopians whose family members established in Israel feared ...



The Israeli government on Sunday approved the "immediate" immigration of 3,000 Ethiopians whose family members established in Israel feared for their lives in particular because of the violence in the East African country.

The cabinet "unanimously" gave the green light to the "immediate" immigration of 3,000 Ethiopians with first-degree relatives to Israel, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office said in a statement.

This measure will "welcome thousands of people who were waiting in Addis Ababa and Gondar", a northern city near Tigray, welcomed on Twitter the Minister of Immigration, Pnina Tamano-Shata, herself a native. from Ethiopia.

“Finally, parents, children, siblings and orphans will be reunited with their families after decades of waiting,

” she added.

These Ethiopians welcomed in the name of family reunification are Falashmoras, a community forcibly converted to Christianity and which claims to be descended from Ethiopian Jews.

The Falashmoras do not benefit from Israeli law of return.

This allows any Jew in the diaspora to immigrate to Israel and automatically become a citizen, hence the need for these Ethiopians to go through requests for family reunification.

In mid-November, several hundred people, including Minister Tamano-Shata, demonstrated in Jerusalem to ask the government to welcome “Ethiopian Jews in danger” to their country in the grip of civil conflict in Tigray (north).

Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters opposed to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have advanced in recent months in neighboring regions, not ruling out marching on the capital Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian community in Israel numbers over 140,000 people.

In recent years, they have organized a series of protests to denounce the racism and discrimination they say they face, and to demand that family members who remain in Ethiopia be able to join them.

Source: lefigaro

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