93 percent of Likudniks support continued Falash Mura aliya

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July 11, 2010 17:29

The overwhelming majority of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party support the continued aliya of the Falash Mura community from Ethiopia and more than half believe that delays to their immigration over the past few years stem from discrimination and racism, according to a report received by The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

Commissioned by Public Committee on Ethiopian Jewry, which is headed by former Supreme Court judge Meir Shamgar and includes such high profile members as Canadian parliamentarian Irwin Cotler and Chief Rabbi of Ethiopian Jews in Israel Yosef Adaneh, the study is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on the attitudes of the ruling Likud party towards the controversial aliya group.

Some 93 percent out of 600 Likud members questioned for the telephone survey last Wednesday and Thursday agreed with the statement that those waiting in Ethiopia to make aliya should be brought to Israel.  

In addition, 62% of those who responded said they believed that delays to the aliya of the Falash Mura were cause by racism and discrimination among those in decision-making positions of the current government.


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