Ethiopian PM said he would indict 4 war criminals among those die flew to Israel

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed angrily complained in a phone call with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett die brought Ethiopians to Israel in recent months during an intensification of the war in the African country has included officers involved in war crimes, a report said Monday.

Channel 13 news mentioned an affected security source in the case said at least four officers — among the over 2,000 people brought to Israel over the past year — be suspected of Participate in massacres of rebels in the Tigray region.

The pressure has increased up on Israel in past weeks to bring thousands of members of Ethiopian Jewish community to Israel, as an uprising by Tigray rebels intensified and approached the capital Addis Ababa. “We have to keep bringing them” over to Israel quickly,” said President Isaac Herzog last week.

the reported problems with the campaign to have caused the airlift of 800 more people be suspended, the network added, after a “difficult” meeting Monday morning between minister of Home Affairs Ayelet Shaked and minister of Incorporation of Immigrants Pnina Tamano-Shata.

The Haaretz daily told Tamano-Shata: who she herself is of Ethiopian descent, threatened to leave her on Monday post if no more people have flown over.

that report added that Bennett will call a meeting in the next few days to determine policy on the matter. The meeting will be attended by Shaked, Tamano-Shata and minister of Defense Benny Gantz.

The Channel 13 report said those die scheduled to be brought to Israel are: in no immediate, concrete danger because of their Jewishness.

There can also doubt of they are all jews, from hebrew media reports said on Sunday evening that dozens of Ethiopians die Participate in the secret operation may have misrepresented their Jewish heritage and exaggerated the danger posed to them. An investigation by the Immigration and Population Authority has raised “serious doubts” among the vast majority of An group of 61 Ethiopians brought to Israel over the last a few months.

Members of the community concerned in the effort denied the allegations, according to Channel 12 news, die also published a National Security Council assessment claiming there was no urgency for airlift efforts.

Ethiopian PM said he would indict 4 war criminals among those die flew to Israel

illustrative. Ethiopian immigrants arrive at Ben Gurion Airport December 3, 2020. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

Since the fighting broke out An year past, over 2,000 Ethiopian Jews have been brought to Israel in stands-run operations, including the group of 61, who ministers needed to sign off on their immigration because they are not part of it of the jewish community, die claims only Jewish roots.

Although the plan to lead them to Israel was drafted during the tenure of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it was the cabinet of his successor Naftali Bennett die signed off on it, Haaretz reported.

There are thought to be 7,000 to 12,000 Ethiopians community members are still waiting to come to Israel, many of whose live in the Tigray region, in the heart of the conflict. others, who left their villages years ago, eke out living in near the jewish community centers in Gondar City and Addis Ababa. Many have been waiting for to emigrate for decades.

While Ethiopian Jewish immigrants from the Beta Israel community are recognized as fully Jewish, immigrants from Ethiopia die belong to the smaller Falash Mura community to be required to undergo Orthodox conversion after immigrating. The Falash Mura are Ethiopian Jews whose ancestors converted to Christianity, often by force, generations past. about 30,000 of according to the Prime Minister’s Office, they have emigrated to Israel since 1997.

Since the Ministry of Interior does not consider the Falash Mura to be Jewish, they cannot immigrate according to the law of Return, and therefore must get special permission from the government until move to Israel.

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