‘The Jewish community in Ethiopia is in mortal danger’

Due to the worsening security situation in Ethiopia, the approximately 9,000 Falash Mura in transit camps there are waiting for the Israeli government to implement its decision to bring them to Israel; activists in Israel warn of impending disaster for those waiting to rejoin their families in Israel.

Israeli activists campaigning to bring the Falash Mura (Ethiopians who claim Jewish lineage) from Ethiopia to Israel have been receiving recently reports about the severe distress facing those who remain in transit camps in Gondar following escalating conflicts in the region.

Falash Mura have spoken of their fear for their well-being and the serious difficulty in acquiring food and even in leaving their homes. According to various reports, some of them were injured in clashes, and ten Israeli volunteers have been evacuated from the camp because of the danger.
In recent days, Ethiopian security forces have shot dead some 100 persons. The forces have been attempting to suppress anti-government demonstrations in the Oromiya and Amhara regions. The riots in Ethiopia have caused the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem over the weekend to publish a travel warning for these areas.

Because of the security situation, there is great fear amongst Ethiopian emigrants living in Israel that their family who remain in the Gondar region—and whose immigration Israel refuses to permit.


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