Sharon Decides All Falash Mura Should Be Brought to Israel

(January 31, 2004)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided that all of the Falash Mura from Ethiopia can immigrate to Israel by the end of 2007. This decision means that beginning in June 2005, the number of Ethiopian immigrants per month will double. The current quota stands at roughly 300 immigrants per month, while 15,000 to 20,000 Falash Mura await aliya in Ethiopia.

Sharon instructed that within three months he be presented with a detailed and inclusive plan to bring the remaining Falash Mura to Israel. The plan will include an agreement with the Jewish organizations that are active in camps in Ethiopia to transfer their activities to the authority of the Jewish Agency.

Source: Jerusalem Post, (January 31, 2004)