Kwara Jews Arrive in Israel

(July 1999)

On July 29, 1999, 91 Jews from the Kwara region of Ethiopia arrived in the initial operation to rescue the remnants of that community. In 37 days, the Jewish Agency brought 1,388 Jews to Israel on 10 flights from Addis Ababa. The few hundred Jews remaining in the remote Gondar region will be brought over in the fall, at the end of the rainy season. The operation was kept secret to avoid leaks to the press, which might have embarrassed the Ethiopian government and provoked them to stop it.

Source: Israeli Government Press Office, (July 30, 1999)