Friday, December 28, 2012

The great Ethiopian divide

(Dec 28, 2012, Ha'aretz)--Ethiopians are careful to hide the friction between Beta Yisrael and Falashmura, for fear it could damage the community’s image. The Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel is divided between the Beta Yisrael and the Falashmura (some of whose leaders prefer they be called She'arit Yisrael - the Remnant of Israel ).

Most Israeli ferengi, as Ethiopians term any lighter skinned non-Ethiopian, do not distinguish between the two groups, and government policies relate to Beta Yisrael and the Falashmura as a single entity. For better or worse,...Read more from Ha'aretz »

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