(photo credit: Reuters)
Members of the African Hebrew Israelite community, popularly known as
"the Black Hebrews" celebrated the Shavuot Harvest on Sunday in the sleepy southern
town of Dimona.
The community in Dimona began in 1969 when some 300 African-Americans
settled immigrated to Israel, claiming to be descendants of the ancient
Israelites, saying that they therefore have the right to settle in the
The community, though not recognized as Jews by Israel despite their
belief in the Torah, were granted permanent resident status in 2003.