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July 10, 2013 4:57 pm

International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem Funds Program for Ethiopian Jews

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A Jewish Ethiopian child holds an Israeli flag. Photo: Ethiopian Diaspora Forum.

JNS.org – The International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem (ICEJ), a Christian Zionist organization based in Jerusalem, is sponsoring a special studies program for Ethiopian Jewish students who are enrolled at the Ruppin Academic Center near Netanya.

“The community leadership program teaches about your identity and the history of Ethiopian aliyah,” program coordinator Takele Mekonen told a group of Israel Defense Forces soldiers of Ethiopian descent during a speech in May.

Mekonen, who was born in Ethiopia and moved to Israel when he was 16, added, “You will learn how to read and write Amharic and you will volunteer in your community. You will spend time in boarding schools and serve as mentors for kids on the verge of dropping out of school. You are the ones who can help your brothers and sisters.”

Despite many arriving in Israel more than two decades ago, a good portion of Israel’s Ethiopian community is still struggling to integrate into society. According to the ICEJ, nearly 60 percent of Ethiopian families live below the poverty line. On the other hand, Ethiopian immigration to Israel has produced a number of notable success stories, namely Yitayish Ayenew, who this year became the first black woman to win the Miss Israel crown, and Shlomo Molla, former deputy speaker of the Knesset.

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  • judorebbe

    Having been involved in anti-cult and anti-missionary activity for the past forty years, I’m not at all surprised that the “Christian Zionists” want to “help” the Ethiopian Jews (and other Jews, of course).
    The “Christian Zionists” are important allies in our mutual fight against the jihadis and terrorists, and I greatly respect and appreciate them for that. But twenty centuries of “Christian love”, and the anti-Semitism within the Christian Bible (a.k.a. “New Testament”) cast extremely serious doubt on the notion that they are our friends.
    I can’t help but wonder, how much of the International Christian Embassy budget is allocated for missionizing (overt and covert)?

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