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Re: CHAT: Christians in the Holy Land (WAS: CHAT: Visible planets (was: Corpses))

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 17:32
Quoting Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>:

> Aliyá is not denied to Ethiopian Jews. There were two major airlifts > of Ethiopians to Israel in 1984 and 1991, and now most Ethiopian Jews > live in Israel. Those left in Ethiopia have problems making aliyá > because many of them are Falash Mura, whose ancestors converted to > Christianity during the last few centuries. Like with the issue of > 'Jews for Jesus', converting voluntarily to another religion is seen by > the Law of Return as a revocation of one's Jewish identity and > therefore of potential Israeli citizenship. The controversy > surrounding the Falash Mura is that according to some, they converted > voluntarily, while according to others they are 'anusím' like the > Crypto-Jews of Iberia, Mašhad, and other places, who were forced or > semi-forced to convert due to persecution, or social, economic or other > pressures.
Thanks for claring that up. It must surely been a confused account of the Falash Mura affair I'd heard. Andreas