The saga of Ethiopian aliyah


Assessment: Ethiopia is a Cush nation mentioned in Ezekiel 38:5 NIV as one of the Gog Magog nations that will attack Israel. God is removing His people from the destruction that will come upon the invading nations as foretold in Ezekiel 39:6 …

In November 1984, the State of Israel initiated Operation Moses to extract thousands of Ethiopian Jews who, fleeing civil war and famine, had journeyed on foot through the deserts of the Horn of Africa into Sudan.

In total, 8,000 Ethiopian Jews, or Beta Israel, were brought on aliyah to Israel from Sudan, via Europe, and would be followed by tens of thousands more in Operation Solomon in 1991 and the remainder in the 1990s.

From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, The daughter of My dispersed ones, Shall bring My offering.” Zephaniah 3:10

After these waves of immigration, their brethren – known then as the Falash Mura but today as the descendants of Jews – who had converted under pressure to Christianity at the end of the 19th century, were also brought to Israel following the advocacy of activist groups and rulings of the Chief Rabbinate.

Today, amid a new and ongoing civil war in Ethiopia, efforts are again afoot to bring the remainders of these communities to Israel, and in accordance with a recent government decision, bring an end to mass emigration from Ethiopia.

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