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August 29, 2013 12:01 am

Ethiopian Aliyah Ends With Last 450 Arrivals

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Ethiopian children waiting to make aliyah to Israel. Photo: Judith Friedman Rosen.

JNS.org A group of 450 Ethiopian immigrants arrived in Israel on Wednesday, marking the end of Operation Kanfei Yonah (Wings of a Dove).

Since the operation was launched in November 2010, around 7,000 Ethiopian Jews, most of them members of the Falash Mura group, have immigrated to Israel. The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Immigrant Absorption Ministry jointly ran the operation.

As part of the mission, the Jewish Agency ran a community center in the Ethiopian city of Gondar, with financial aid provided by the Jewish Federations of North America and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. At the center, the future immigrants took part in activities to prepare them for life in Israel.

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The Ethiopians who have arrived in Israel via Operation Kanfei Yonah have been sent to 17 immigrant absorption centers around Israel.

“This is a moving historical moment,” Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said regarding the completion of the operation, according to Israel Hayom.

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