Let our people come, Ethiopian Jews plead as immigration stalls

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The Times of Israel: Ethiopian Jews languishing in Ethiopia and their families in Israel demanded answers on Tuesday as to why a government decision approving 1,300 people for immigration to Israel has yet to be implemented.

In August 2016, after almost a year of negotiations, the Finance Ministry agreed to allocate money to allow 1,300 Ethiopians to move to Israel.

This is the first step of a government-approved plan to bring approximately 6,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel over a five-year period at the rate of about 100 per month. After the five-year period there will need to be an additional plan for the remaining Jewish community of about 3,000. more …

Opinion:From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings.”

Cush is a son of Ham and grandson of Noah who settled in North Africa. The Cush nations typically are referred to as Ethiopia, Sudan, and Somalia.

The KJV and NKJV versions on Zephaniah 3:10 refers to Ethiopia specifically.

In the future war of Gog and Magog, Ezekiel 38:1-5 names the invaders who will be led by Gog, a prince from Russia:

“Persia (Iran), Cush  (Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia possibly Eritrea) and Put (Libya) will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer (Turkey) with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.”

As of 2007, there is essentially no Jewish community in Somalia (here). The Jewish community in Sudan dissolved after 1956 (here), when the country became independent and joined the Arab League. An estimated 500 Jews came to Israel, while the rest dispersed around the world.

135,000 Ethiopian Jews have lived in Ethiopia for 3,000 years. Many believe that Jews first arrived in Ethiopia three millennia ago after splitting off from King Solomon’s ancient Jewish kingdom. Ethiopian Jews have been making aliyah for 30 years.

In August 2013, the government announced the “end” of Ethiopian aliyah, claiming that all Ethiopian Jews were now in Israel. Since that time, the Jewish Agency withdrew its funding from the community synagogue, canceling a nutrition program for children and at one point even removing the community’s Torah scroll.

Since 2013, however, thousands of Jews from hidden or secret tribes have come forward since access to information on their whereabouts has become much easier.

The call home must be more urgent for Ethiopia’s Jews because that country and the Cush nations are named to be destroyed in the war of Gog and Magog.

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“You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.  You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God. “And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 39:5-6

God is calling them home to protect His people and end the diaspora:

“Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind.”  Ezekiel 39:28