Ethiopian Jewish Aliyah
An editorial in the Jewish Week – “Why The Delay In Ethiopian Jewish Aliyah?” calls attention to a strange hiccough in the aliyah of Ethiopia’s remaining Jews.
Despite an agreement reached in November 2010 between the Israeli government and a number of advocacy groups on behalf of Ethiopian Jewry to bring this last group out at a rate of 200 a month — so that everyone on a list determined to be Jewish would be out by March 2014 — the government has reduced the monthly number to 110, extending the completion date to March 2015.
“Making these people, many of them children, wait as long as three years to leave Gondar, under terrible conditions, is an appalling injustice without precedent in Israeli history,” says longtime advocate Joseph Feit of the North American Conference for Ethiopian Jewry, “not to mention the additional cost to Israel and the American Jewish community in supporting them.”
Here we present a gathering of Makom materials referring to Ethiopian aliyah, and their absorption into the country, including a wonderful collection of photos from Gondar – the place where Ethiopian Jews will apparently remain for two more years.