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 (fə-lä′shə, fä-)
n. pl. Falasha or Fa·la·shas Often Offensive
An Ethiopian Jew.

[Amharic fälaša, from fälaš, migrant, active participle of fälläsä, to migrate; see plš in Semitic roots.]
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n, pl -sha or -shas
(Judaism) a member of a tribe of Black Ethiopian Jews
[from Amharic, from fälasi stranger]
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(fɑˈlɑ ʃə, fə-)

n., pl. -shas, (esp. collectively) -sha.
a member of a historically Cushitic-speaking people of central Ethiopia who practice a form of Judaism.
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class="MsoNormalSome of us may remember Israel's airlift of some 40,000 Ethiopian Jews (the Falashas) to their "homeland" some time in the mid-1980s.
As an example, he mentions Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's brave ruling from the 1980s that recognized the immigrants from Ethiopia--the "Falashas"--as Jews, despite the major controversy around their affiliation with Judaism and the ability to marry them.
La chasse des Falashas, les juifs d'Ethiopie, et des migrants africains, entres illegalement d'Erythree et du Soudan, atteste de la nature segregationniste du neo-apartheid.
The black Jews in Ethiopia located in Africa are known as Falashas. The Falashas are believed to have their origin in Israel.
Falashas are a Jewish people in which African country?
Ethiopia's Falashas or Beta Israel fall within this covenantal fellowship under the 1971 ruling by chief rabbi Ovadia Yossef that they are "descendants of Jewish tribes that moved South to Cush"--a ruling that became the basis of their incorporation under Israel's Law of Return in 1975.
Jaafar Nimayri, Sudan's president between 1969 and 1985 and President Bashir's role model, partnered with Israel without as much as a whimper in Operation Moses which involved the air-lift of Ethiopian Jews or Falashas to Israel via Sudan in 1984.
The missionaries also failed to educate Queen Liliuokalani about the Beta Israel or Falashas who are an ADP centered in Ethiopia.
Under Israel's "Law of Return" of Jews to Israel, Ethiopian Jews (Falashas) were verified as descendents of an ancient Israelite tribe by testing samples of their males DNA Y-Chromosome.
Calling themselves Israelites, Hebrews, Canaanites, Essenes, Judaites, Rechabites, Falashas, or Abyssinians (Ethiopians), they were founded primarily by West Indian immigrants.