Group Of 119 Ethiopian New Immigrants Land In Israel On Jerusalem Day

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Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog (center) and Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata welcome 119 Ethiopian immigrants to Israel on My 21, 2020. Photo by Shlomi Amsalem.

JERUSALEM (JNS) – Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration and the Jewish Agency for Israel just welcomed 119 Ethiopian immigrants who will begin their new life in Israel.

Upon their arrival on May 21, the new immigrants were greeted by Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog and newly minted Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata, who noted that the new olim “have been waiting a long time to fulfill the dream of aliyah. Now they’ve made it home, and I’m extremely moved.”

She added that officials have been assisting them on all fronts as they start to build their life in Israel.

The date of their arrival coincides with both the annual Memorial Day for Ethiopian Jews who perished on their way to Israel and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), which marks the unification of Israel’s capital, a city that holds a special place in the heart of Jewish Ethiopians.

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“We will remember the thousands who dreamed of Jerusalem and perished along the way, and are working tirelessly to facilitate aliyah for members of the community who are still waiting to fulfill the dream of moving to Israel,” said Herzog.

Another 111 new immigrants arrived this week from Ukraine and 41 from Russia.

The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration have prepared themselves for a wave of aliyah resulting from the coronavirus global pandemic.

Given the continued monitoring of the virus, those who arrived have immediately gone into quarantine and will adhere to Ministry of Health regulations. They flew to Israel on a specially chartered aircraft, also because of COVID-19 restrictions.

This is the second cohort of Ethiopian immigrants who arrived amid the pandemic, with 72 arriving in March and settling in absorption centers in the country’s north and south.

Their arrival was made possible by support from the Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod and other friends of Israel from around the world.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. If the Rabbonim in Israel have stated that after a Halachic conversion, they are in fact Jews, then your ridiculous comment has no basis in fact. You remind me of the other holier than thou commentators on this site, who after the Pittsburgh Tree of Life mass murders (11 Jews were killed by a Nazi in 2018), kept stating that “the victims were not really Jews, since they prayed in a Conservative Synagogue”. There were other stupid comments which stated that “it wasn’t even a Shul”. I kept reminding those mental misfits, that when Hitler and his henchmen came for the Jews, they didn’t ask which Shul they attended, or how religious they were. In summary, knock it off already regarding the Ethiopians. They have enough tsouris once in Israel, and don’t need any more.

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