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Immigration has been approved for nearly 8,000 Falash Mura, Ethiopians of Jewish descent, who have been waiting in inhumane conditions, some for more than a decade, to come to Israel.
The government recently announced it would bring 7,846 Falashmura Jews to Israel during the next four years. Many have been living in transition camps built in the 1990s in Gondar, Ethiopia, for Russians and Ethiopian migrants.
Israel initially rejected the Ethiopians ties to Judaism, but religious officials later declared them the “seed of Israel.”
Natan Sharansky, chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, warned that housing for the Ethiopians was urgently needed. “We can't repeat mistakes of the past and permit a situation in which they will have to stay [in absorption centers] for years,” he said.
Knesset Member Shlomo Molla, who supported the immigration decision, said it was long overdue.
He recalled a visit to Gondar a year before. "We saw the distress that people face, and their suffering and the suffering of their families," he said. "The fact that it will take three years to bring them here is ridiculous, and I hope that the government will shorten the unbearable waiting period."
As per the government decision, no further immigration by Falashmura members will be allowed once this project is completed.
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