Israel begins verification for 3,000 more Ethiopians

Fri, 17 July 2009, from the JTA*By Uriel Heilman · July 15, 2009*http://jta.org/news/article/2009/07/15/1006569/does-the-return-of-israeli-immigration-officials-return-to-ethiopia

NEW YORK (JTA) — With advocates for Ethiopian immigration to Israel stepping up their pressure on the Israeli government, Israeli Interior Ministry officials are returning to Ethiopia to check the eligibility for aliyah of approximately 3,000 more Falash Mura.

The three representatives from the Interior Ministry, who were scheduled to leave Thursday for Ethiopia, are tasked with verifying whether anyone remaining in the country has legitimate claims to immigrate to Israel.

Due to the difficulty of verifying Jewish ancestry among the Falash Mura — Ethiopians who claim links to descendants of Jews who converted to Christianity generations ago — the Israeli government will accept Ethiopians who qualify under an immigration provision for family reunification.

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