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Immigration minister arrives in Ethiopia to airlift 500 Jews to Israel

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Israel’s first-ever cabinet member of Ethiopian descent, Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata, arrived in Ethiopia Saturday night to spearhead the airlifting of 500 members of the Jewish community to Israel this week.

Up to 14,000 people with Jewish roots are waiting in Ethiopia to come to Israel, but the government has approved the airlifting of just 2,000 in January 2021, despite the pandemic and the recent outbreak of a war in the northern Tigray region.

“One of the national goals I set for myself as minister of immigration and absorption is to put an end to the saga of those waiting in Ethiopia, an injustice that has been crying out to the skies for decades, causing separation of families and imparting emotional damage on those fighting to reunite with their loved ones,” Tamano-Shata said upon her departure from Israel.

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“Five hundred of our people will now have the privilege of fulfilling the vision of our ancestors to reach Jerusalem,” she said, adding, “The government of Israel cannot abandon and neglect our brothers and sisters who have been waiting in Ethiopia for years and years. This injustice must end and I will continue to work until the very last of those waiting makes aliyah and reunites with their family.”

About 9,000 of the would-be immigrants have been........

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