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  אדר ב 19, 5768 , 26/03/08

MKs Call for Increased Ethiopian Aliyah

Forty Knesset members from across the political spectrum called on the government Wednesday to increase Ethiopian aliyah.

The proposal, introduced by MKs Michael Eitan (Likud) David Azoulai (Shas), Elchanan Glazer (Pensioners Party) and Ran Cohen (Meretz), instructs the interior minister to create a list of Ethiopian citizens eligible for aliya, and gives the government two years to bring all members of the Falash Mura group to Israel and to award the new immigrants a traditional basket of aliyah benefits.
 
Sources at the ministry of the interior say there are approximately 2,000 Falash Mura waiting to come to Israel, according to Voice of Israel government radio. However, aid organizations put the actual figure at more than 10,000 people.

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