Two chartered Ethiopian Airlines planes have landed in Israel, bringing over 330 new olim (immigrants) from Ethiopia – men, women and children whose eligibility was determined in previous aliyahs. Some have waited for years to reach the Promised Land.
The Jewish Agency for Israel, which arranged the flights, will house the newcomers in absorption centers in Israel.
At the same time, plans for the opening of a new aliyah, bringing over 7,000 olim from the North American Conference on Ethipian Jewry (NACOEJ)compound, in Gondar Province, are moving ahead. The Jewish Agency and NACOEJ are working together to make this last mass aliyah a reality as soon as possible.