Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews demonstrated in Jerusalem on Monday, alleging that as many as 8,500 of their family and community members have been cut from Israel’s immigration program.
The Jerusalem Post reports that demonstrators displayed photos of loved ones still in Ethiopia, while Avraham Neguise, a leader of the protests, accused the Israeli Interior Ministry of reneging on its promise.
Another protestor told the newspaper that the decision to end Jewish immigration from Ethiopia is “definitely rooted in racism.”
An Interior Ministry spokeswoman confirmed that the immigration program would be terminated in January, and also said that Neguise’s claims were false.
“Ethiopians protests plan to cut Aliyah”
Jerusalem Post, December 18, 2007