Cabinet approves final group aliya of 8,000 Falash Mura

November 14, 2010 21:43
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The Prime Minister's Office released a statement on Sunday explaining its decision to allow an additional 8,000 Falash Mura to make aliya to Israel from Ethiopa.

"The cabinet today decided to bring the last of the Falash Mura to Israel, on religious and humanitarian grounds and in such a way as to prevent the creation of additional refugee camps in Ethiopia," said the statement.According to the PMO, 7,846 Falashmura are candidates for entry into Israel.  Based on the cabinet's decision, the Interior Ministry will evaluate the waiting Falashmura's candidacy according to three criteria: Falash Mura who are of Jewish descent in the maternal line and who wish to return to their Jewish faith in Israel, those registered in the aforesaid registry since 2007 (as was updated in 2010), and those with relatives in Israel who have submitted a request or will do so within three months. 

As part of the cabinet's decision, it was also decided that once the arrival of all eligible Falash Mura has been completed within four years, there will be no further organized group arrivals from Ethiopia.  Entry to Israel thereafter will be under the Law of Return or by order of the Interior Minister.

Chairman of the Public Committee on Behalf of the Remnant of Ethiopian Jewry and former High Court chief justice Meir Shamgar praised the government's decision as, "a Zionist act of the highest order." 

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