Gov’t failures in Falash Mura immigration decried

01.06.2011                      28.Ijar, 5771                      Jerusalemtag; Tag 43 des Omer


Gov't failures in Falash Mura immigration decried

Ethiopian leaders, NGOs say gov't isn't adequately assisting, supporting thousands of Jews waiting to make aliya, not preparing.

The Israeli government is failing to adequately assist and support the thousands of Ethiopian Jews currently waiting in the city of Gondar to make aliya and is not properly preparing itself for the absorption of this group of immigrants, leaders of the Ethiopian community here and representatives of non-profits working in Ethiopia said this week.
Speaking in the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs on Monday, those working closely with Ethiopian aliya pointed out that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was supposed to have obtained the relevant permits from the Ethiopian government to enable the Jewish Agency for Israel to act as its operative in Gondar, where some 8,000 Falash Mura (Ethiopians of Jewish descent) are in the process of being approved for immigration to Israel….