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The plight of Ethiopian Jews in Israel

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http://www.ethiopianreview.com/content/316120080812_053942_ethiopian12_500.jpgEthiopian Israelis hold photos of their relatives still in Ethiopia during a protest against the Israeli governments decision to stop the immigration of Ethiopian Jews in Jerusalem. (The Associated Press
Ethiopians with any hope, however faint, of eligibility for Israeli citizenship have descended on camps in the city of Gondar, scrambling to prove their Jewishness. Men in prayer shawls sway back and forth in makeshift synagogues and children in skullcaps sit on mud floors learning the Hebrew alphabet and Jewish holidays.But centuries of intermarriage and a lack of documentation have made it extremely difficult to prove who is a Jew, and the group awaiting their flight to Israel last month were supposed to be among the last, because the Israeli government has decided that the influx must stop.Those lucky enough to meet the criteria for immigration will have to undergo conversion to Orthodox Judaism after arriving in Israel.Sixty-six-year-old Tegabie Jember Zegeye's application was rejected long ago, his links to Judaism deemed too remote. But he has been living with his wife and five children in a Gondar camp for 10 years. He wears a skullcap and attends daily prayers and religion classes."When I left my village I didn't think I would be here for 10 days," he says, adding that he has close relatives in Israel who he feels are a part of him. "How can you split a man into two halves?"He says he feels Jewish at heart. But when asked about his previous lifestyle, he replies: "I lived like a Christian, like all the Jews."
Like every other immigrant group, Ethiopian-Israelis have made their mark on the human mosaic of Jewish nationhood giving it top-notch soldiers, funky musicians, world-class athletes and two members of parliament. They also have a powerful backer, the ultra-Orthodox Shas party in the ruling coalition, which capitalizes on the Ethiopian vote.But as a whole they are poor, plagued by crime, violence and substance abuse, feeling shut out of a world very different from rural Africa.
But despite all the preparations, most Ethiopian immigrants over age 35 go straight onto welfare after reaching Israel, according to the Jewish Agency.That's no reason for shutting out the Falash Mura, says Mazor Bahyna, an Ethiopian in the 120-member Knesset, or parliament."I think Israel has an obligation to prove that it is not a racist state," he says. "If everyone was blond-haired and had blue eyes, they would bring them."
Ethiopian Jews, once popularly known as the Falasha, began arriving in Israel in the 1970s after a revered rabbi ruled that they were descended from the lost biblical tribe of Dan. Traveling by plane, at times clandestinely, or on foot in desert treks in which many died, their exodus held Israel in thrallIn 1991, Israel flew out nearly 15,000 Jews as rebels charged into Addis Ababa to overthrow its communist regime..
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/376225.stm
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the bbc one is at the bottom, but the quoted are from an article in 2008interesting none the less

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look i dnt want 2 read another story of african failiure... i dont want any more excusesno ethiopion starvin marvin muthaf*cka belongs in palestine.. same way i dnt belong in jamaicashame on them... theyve got 1 of the biggest countries in east africa nt our fault they chose 2 live in a dustbowl with no water and a proneness to long term droughtf*ck them i thougut they prayed 2 ja or the emperor brehf*ckin sellouts

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Done know israel been racistg from day.Lol @ these people always bringing up antisemitism yet are the more racist people on the planet.

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afgoon some any impotent guy*ang tite me just finishing my assignment on Hezbollah

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so u saying i shouldnt commentthey dont belong in palestinewhy r they therethey arnt jewish ...maybe 2000 yrs ago

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what makes them any less Jewish than they were 2000 years ago silly argument tbh, lol at not acknowledging the birthplace of Judaism, ''Isreal'' come like some ungrateful bastard step childthey can suck on afgoons lifless penis

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what makes them any less Jewish than they were 2000 years ago silly argument tbh, lol at not acknowledging the birthplace of Judaism, ''Isreal'' come like some ungrateful bastard step childthey can suck on afgoons lifless penis
i fully c/s you.
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