2015-11-25 / Mideast

Israel plans 9,000 immigrants

Israel’s government has approved the entry of some 9,000 Ethiopians who claim Jewish descent, two years after bringing what it said was the final airlift of Ethiopians to Israel.

The Cabinet unanimously voted to bring the Ethiopians, known as Falash Mura, to Israel over the next five years.

Falash Mura are Ethiopians who claim links to descendants of Jews who converted to Christianity generations ago but now seek to return to Judaism and immigrate to Israel. Their permanent entry into Israel will be dependent on completing the conversion process.

About 135,000 Jews of Ethiopian descent are living in Israel. Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel during Operation Moses in 1984 and Operation Solomon in 1992. (JTA)

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