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February 5, 2019 11:15 am

Christian Group Funding Incoming Flights of Ethiopian Immigrants to Israel

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Ethiopian Jews are greeted by family members as they arrive at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, as part of an aliyah flight arranged by the Jewish Agency for Israel and sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in June 2017. Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90.

JNS.org – In the aftermath of Israel approving immigration flights from Ethiopia, the first group of 80 Ethiopian newcomers will arrive on Monday evening on flights organized by the Jewish Agency and funded by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ).

Israel has not offered the Falash Mura citizenship per the Law of Return due to the group’s members being compelled to convert to Christianity in the 19th century, despite closely preserving Jewish traditions.

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