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Blood Exceptions?

Israeli Health Minister ‘Not Responsible’ for Delayed Implementation of New Blood Donor Rules Article by Haaretz November 15, 2016 Read this article about how the ministry of health in Israel is recommending an ease on the decades-old restrictions that have been set in place to ban Ethiopian…

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Celebrate 64 New Immigrants from Ethiopia

A coalition crisis led to a renewal of immigration from Ethiopia and tears flowed yesterday at Ben Gurion Airport. Family members who have not seen each other for years got together, and reminded the government that there are thousands more who are waiting to immigrate to Israel.

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Operation Solomon – The Fulfillment of a Dream

The grim prospect of thousands of Jewish children growing up separated from their parents in Israel almost became a reality. Little could be done to persuade the Mariam government to increase the trickle of Jews leaving Ethiopia in the years between Operations Joshua and Solomon. But in November 1990, Ethiopia and Israel reached an agreement […]

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Operations Moses and Joshua

Under a news blackout for security reasons, Operation Moses began on November 18, 1984, and ended six weeks later on January 5, 1985. In that time, just over 7,000 Jews were rescued and brought to Israel. But the mission was not without problems. Because of news leaks (blamed primarily on a December 6 article in […]

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Continued History and Modern Contact

Christianity spread through the Axum dynasty of Ethiopia in the 4th century CE. By the 7th century, however, Islam had surpassed Christianity and had separated Ethiopia from its Christian African neighbors. Prior to this, the Beta Israel had enjoyed relative independence through the Middle Ages. Their reign was threatened in the 13th century CE under […]

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Operation Dove’s Wings

In December 2010, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to bring to the Jewish State the few thousands Jews remaining in the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia. Nicknamed Operation Dove’s Wings, the plan sought to fly a few hundred each month to Israel.  The first flight brough 240 new Ethiopian immigrants. In July 2012, the […]

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Jewish Apathy and its Defeat

The struggle to free the Beta Israel was not fought solely against the Ethiopian government. Much like some timid Jewish leaders during the Holocaust, some recent Jews sought to prevent a shanda fur de goyim (an embarrassment in front of the non-Jews) by not stirring up waves over Ethiopian Jewry. The history of the Beta […]

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Authentic Jews

Because much of the Beta Israel’s history is passed orally from generation to generation, we may never truly know their origins. Four main theories exist concerning the beginnings of the Beta Israel community: 1) The Beta Israel may be the lost Israelite tribe of Dan. 2) They may be descendants of Menelik I, son of […]

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History of Beta Yesrael

Introduction: The Beta Yisrael story is a little bit complicated when it comes to knowing where it started. We know Moshe Married an Ethiopan woman named Ziporah in Numbers 12. This brought a lot of friction between Moshe, his brother Aaron and sister Miriam. God intervened and punished Miriam with leprosy and commanded the people […]

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