Jerusalem (JTA) – A family of Ethiopian teenagers who have been granted residence in Israel after attending the International Bible Quiz arrived in Israel.
The family of Sintayehu Shafrao (18 years old) who arrived on Tuesday night is the only Ethiopian family that is allowed to immigrate to Israel this year.
Shafrao reunited with his mother, three siblings and a nephew. They moved to a rental apartment in Kibbutz Kiryat Menachem. He has other siblings already living in Israel.
The family 's airplane and initial expenses were paid mainly by Israeli Zionists in Israel' s mind, which collected the money to support the cause.
In April, Shafrao was ordered to deposit thousands of dollars to participate in the final stages of the Bible competition, and he promised to leave when he was finished. Later, however, teenagers received permanent residency.
After he arrived in Israel, Shafrao met Israeli lawmakers and government ministers, including Attorney General Ayelet Shaked. At the talks, he begged lawmakers to bring the remaining Ethiopians to Israel as soon as possible.
In Ethiopia, 8,000 Falash Mura awaits permission to immigrate to Israel. Most of them have a family in Israel.
The argument of Falash Mura is connected with the descendants of the Jews. The Jews had converted to the Christian generation before, but now they are going to return to Judaism. Because their Jewish status is opaque, they need special permission to immigrate to Israel.
Ethiopian teenagers who attended the Bible contest arrived in Israel for the first time in the Jewish telegraph.