Israel Approves Aliyah for Ethiopian Jews

Stand for Israel  |  November 29, 2021

Ethiopian Jews making aliyah to Israel on Fellowship Freedom Flight
(Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv)

Last month, Stand for Israel told you about the escalating civil war in Ethiopia, and the plight of the Ethiopian Jewish community. The war there is still escalating, but there is good news – here via The Algemeiner’s Benjamin Kerstein – that Israel has approved the evacuation of thousands of God’s children, now free to make aliyah (immigrate) to their biblical homeland:

The Israeli government on Sunday approved a plan for the entry of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who have been waiting in refugee camps amid an ongoing civil war in the African nation, Israel’s public broadcaster Kan reported.

Formulated by Ethiopian-Israeli Minister of Immigration Pnina Tamano-Shata, the scheme would see some 3,000 refugees, including those with immediate family in Israel, airlifted out of Ethiopia as soon as possible, subject to Ministry of Health guidelines on the coronavirus pandemic.

The process of approving the plan began three weeks ago and gained momentum after demonstrations by Ethiopian-Israelis — many of whom have family members in the camps — advocating the emergency aliyah operation.

There is widespread concern for the safety of Ethiopian refugees, as the civil war reaches its apex and the central government becomes increasingly endangered, threatening to engulf the country in chaos. All sides in the conflict have been accused of perpetrating atrocities and possible war crimes.

Please continue to pray that God provides protection and rescue for His children.

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