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Ethiopian Jews fly into Tel Aviv to begin a new life as Israeli citizens

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Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel on Jan. 18. The Jewish Agency For Israel (JAFI) started organising flights for Ethiopians who claim Jewish descent after the Israeli government authorised 8,000 Ethiopian Jewish people to obtain Israeli citizenship, most of whom have waited for years in transit camps.

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Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.

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Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Members of the Falash Mura community of Ethiopian Jews flew into Tel Aviv today to begin a new life as Israeli citizens. Many had been living up until now in poor conditions in transit camps in northern Ethiopia.