The Times of Israel reported in this regard that, "The Israeli government had in November voted to allow the immigration of some 9,100 Ethiopians known as Falashmura
, descendants of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity, many under duress, in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Unlike most Ethiopian Jews known as Falashmura
, who converted into Christianity and have recently returned to Judaism, the Beta Israel of North Shewa have never abandoned Judaism, but practiced it in secrecy.
A previous cabinet decision had been to end the emigration of the Falashmura
, a group who believe they descended from Jews and were coerced to convert to Christianity.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai takes measures to allow 8,700 Falashmura
Jews from Ethiopia to enter Israel.
The paper reported from the Israeli daily Haaretz that two interior ministry delegates have traveled to Ethiopia to examine the cases of over 3,000 Falashmura
Jews in a transit camp.
A flight carrying 65 "Falashmura
" immigrants to Israel from Ethiopia Tuesday morning was declared to be the last one in a five year project which brought 16,000 Falashmura
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The Jewish Agency presented the Prime Minister's Office with a report a few days ago showing that all the Falashmura
deemed eligible for aliyah in 1999 have either arrived in Israel or have been declared ineligible by the Interior Ministry.
Ethiopian rabbis and spiritual leaders (keisim) called on the government Monday to halt the Ethiopian Falashmura
aliyah to Israel, citing concerns that many of the Falashmura
are engaged in Christian missionary activity.
Members of the Falashmura
community in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have complained that police had prevented them from continuing a hunger strike to press their demand that they be taken to Israel.
The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption announced that the cost of bringing and successfully settling the 13,000 Falashmura
in Israel is approximately 3.
The Jewish Agency is reportedly considering offering Baruch a position to help raise funds to bring the Falashmura
The last 20,000 Falashmura
who are eligible to immigrate to Israel will be brought here by the end of 2007, the government decided Monday.