Is­rael re­ceives first non-Jewish mi­grants in three years

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IS­RAEL has wel­comed a group of 64 Ethiopian mi­grants, the first group of a new wave of 9000 to ar­rive over the next five years, an of­fi­cial said.

Their ar­rival fol­lows the res­o­lu­tion of a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis that threat­ened Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s gov­ern­ment, which had re­neged on its own de­ci­sion to bring mem­bers of a com­mu­nity known as Falash Mura, cit­ing bud­getary lim­i­ta­tions. Mr Ne­tanyahu in April was fi­nally forced to al­low in 1300 Ethiopi­ans this year.

“These 64 Ethiopi­ans do not meet the cri­te­ria set by the Law of Re­turn, which al­lows any Jew to set­tle in Is­rael, but mem­bers of their fam­i­lies have set­tled there,” said Yi­gar Pal­mor, spokesper­son for the Jewish agency which

deals with im­mi­gra­tion to Is­rael.

Mr Pal­mor said that once set­tled in Is­rael, the new im­mi­grants would un­dergo a full con­ver­sion process to Ju­daism.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Pal­mor, the gov­ern­ment es­tab­lished a list of 9000 Ethiopi­ans al­lowed to im­mi­grate to Is­rael over the next five years in the name of fam­ily re­uni­fi­ca­tion.

The 64 new­com­ers con­sti­tute the first group of Ethiopi­ans not recog­nised as Jews ar­riv­ing in Is­rael in three years. –

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