Jews Trapped In Ethiopia As War Rages

by Micha Gefen

One year into the civil war raging in Ethiopia, rebel forces, mostly made up of those Tigraen background are marching closer to the capital of Addis Ababa.

For years Ethiopia has been an ally of Israel, but recently, since the start of the civil war, Jerusalem has pulled back. The Tigraen conflict has gotten out of control, threatening to plunge Ethiopia, which is the second most populous country in Africa into an extended period of chaos and bloody tribal warfare.

Unlike many other conflicts in Africa and around the world, Ethiopia still has a number of Jews there. With chaos growing and a real likelihood of the capital falling to the rebels, there is a growing realization that the Jews in Ethiopia may be stuck there if Israel does’t do anything.

Unfortunately the Israeli cabinet has severe disagreements on whether to work to bring the remaining Jews in Ethiopia home before they are stuck. While there are estimates that put the population of Jews in Ethiopia to between 12,000 and 15,000. However, authorities in Israel are having a hard time understanding who they are.

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