A charter flight carrying approximately 240 new immigrants from Ethiopia arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport yesterday.
The flight is the first of a series of monthly flights
planned as part of Operation Dove’s Wings, a government initiative
to speed up the place of aliyah and bring the remainder of the Falash
Mura, members of the Ethiopian Jewish community who were forcibly
converted to Christianity during the 19th and 20th centuries, to Israel.
The community is more commonly called Falasha, but prefer the term is Beta-Yisrael.
The Jewish Agency’s Ibim Absorption Center in the Negev is set to
reopen in order to accommodate a number of the new immigrants. The
rest will be spread among an additional 16 absorption centers throughout
Israel operated by the Jewish Agency and the Absorption Ministry.
The 17.5-million-shekel operation is scheduled to be completed by October 2013.
The flight will be welcomed by a host of dignitaries, including Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky,
Minister of Immigrant Absorption MK Sofa Landver and Jewish Agency Board of Directors chairman James S. Tisch.
The ceremony, which will take place in Tel Aviv, will include
participation of Jewish leaders and philanthropists from Israel and
around the world.
for more information on the Falasha community: Beta_Yisrael