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    Yellow Boy

    I think there are a number of issues that need to be clarified in your post.

    1) The Falash Mura are not your regular run of the mill Ethiopian- Israelis, they are Ethiopians whose families somewhere along the line in the last 100 years or so had been converted to Christianity (either by force or choice it is not always clear). When the original lists of Ethiopian Jews were compiled (so they could be brought to Israel) they were left off the lists by the Ethiopian Jewish community because they did not consider them Jews. That is why they did not come to Israel with the rest of Ethiopian Jewry whose Judaism was not in doubt. There is ongoing debate in the Ethiopian-Israeli community, the Government, the courts etc. about whether, how, how many etc. Falash Mura should come to Israel. There are those who consider it imperative to bring them to Israel, those who see them as traitors taking advantage of Israel's good will and everything in between. The quotas, as much as anything else, is to ensure that they can get all the assistance they need to ensure a smooth integration into Israeli society.

    2)'Falasha' is indeed a derogatory term used by other Ethiopians to refer to the Jewish Ethiopians when they were in Ethiopia. I believe it means something like 'strangers' or 'aliens'. It is somewhat ironic that an 'enlightened' journolist is using the term when writing about the 'awful racism' in faced by Ethiopians in Israel.

    3) The Ethiopian-Israeli community clearly faces significant racism in many places in Israel, however many of the problems the community faces are due to the unique set of challenges they faced when making Aliya. The jump from an African, agrarian, traditional lifestyle to that of a fast-paced, hi-tech, (wannabe) Western one was massive and of course this has led to all sorts of socio-economic, communal and personal problems. I fear that the desire to use shout racism (not only by British journalists) all to often overshadows and stifles these other (in many ways more significant) problems and discussions and implimentation of their solutions.

    Yellow Boy


    I noticed that the tone of the Telegraph's coverage had begun to ressemble that of the BBC. Now I know why.

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