450 Ethiopian immigrants arrive in Israel, marking end of Jewish Agency operation

(JNS.org) A group of 450 Ethiopian immigrants arrived in Israel on Wednesday, marking the end of Operation Kanfei Yonah (Wings of a Dove).

In Gondar, the final group of Ethiopian immigrants in the Jewish Agency for Israel's Operation Kanfei Yonah (Wings of a Dove) prepare for their journey to Israel. Credit: Moshik Brin, Jewish Agency.

Since the operation was launched in November 2010, around 7,000 Ethiopian Jews, most of them members of the Falash Mura group, have immigrated to Israel. The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Immigrant Absorption Ministry jointly ran the operation.

As part of the mission, the Jewish Agency ran a community center in the Ethiopian city of Gondar, with financial aid provided by the Jewish Federations of North America and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. At the center, the future immigrants took part in activities to prepare them for life in Israel.

We have been involved in the aliyah of Ethiopian Jews from the beginning. This is a group that needs to come home,” George W. Mamo, executive vice president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, told JNS.org.

“Aliyah has been something that many Christians see as a fulfillment of prophecy and a right of the Jewish people,” Mamo added.  

The Ethiopians who arrived in Israel via Operation Kanfei Yonah have been sent to 17 immigrant absorption centers around Israel.

“This is moving historical moment,” Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said regarding the completion of the operation, according to Israel Hayom.


Posted on August 28, 2013 .