Cabinet cancels Falash Mura aliya cut

Efforts continue to push gov't to double rate of Ethiopian immigration.

November 12, 2006 23:47
1 minute read.
Cabinet cancels Falash Mura aliya cut

falash mura 88. (photo credit: )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The government has dropped the proposed cut in the rate of immigration of Falash Mura, keeping the number at 300 per month. The Treasury included the cut in the 2007 draft budget to help find money for the cost of the summer's war. But the move sparked outrage in the Ethiopian community and among North American Jews, who had launched a major fundraising campaign to help absorb the 13,000 to 18,000 Falash Mura still in Ethiopia. Those groups commended the decision to rescind the cut, but continued to criticize the government for not fulfilling a 2005 decision to double the rate to 600 a month. "I am happy that they didn't cut the number in half," said Avi Masfin, spokesman for the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews. But he added, "We'll continue to fight until they bring all the Jews from Ethiopia." Absorption Minister Ze'ev Boim had opposed the cut and pushed for it to be dropped. In welcoming the cancelling of the cut, Boim said, "Even in these most difficult days, the State of Israel can't let financial considerations stop aliya and hurt the Zionist enterprise." The United Jewish Communities (UJC) had also asked the Treasury to reverse the cut. This past year, the UJC launched a fundraising campaign to raise $100 million to help absorb Ethiopian immigrants after the 2005 decision. Nachman Shai, director-general of the United Jewish Communities-Israel, even joined a demonstration in September outside the Prime Minister's Office calling on the budget cut to be removed. The protest was one of several held by Ethiopians on the subject. The Falash Mura are Ethiopians who converted to Christianity under duress and have returned to Judaism. They are brought in under the more restricted Law of Entry rather than the Law of Return, which offers citizenship to all Jews.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town