Day: May 12, 2010

Israel’s PM Honors the Ethiopian Jews that faced real hardships to return to Jerusalem

by Jimmy DeYoung

Ethiopians-face-racism-in-Israel-300x240 Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu issued a heart felt greeting on Ethiopian Immigrant Day calling the story of that community’s desire to return to Jerusalem the essence of the Jewish people’s dreams and prayers as the PM recalled the difficult times during the different waves of Ethiopian Jews leaving their homeland to return to the land of their forefathers.

The Israeli PM said the return of the Ethiopian Jews to Jerusalem is a marvelous story and he pledged that his government would continue to advance the Ethiopian community in Israel and never forget the Ethiopian Jews who perished in their journey back home.


Jerusalem Day!

jerusalem-1 On November 29, 1947 the United Nations partitioned the British Mandate for Palestine creating two states – the Jewish State and the Arab State. The resolution stated Jerusalem was to be an international city belonging to neither state. In 10 years the citizens of Jerusalem would vote as to which state to join. The leadership of the newly formed Jewish state of Israel agreed to this plan, however the Arab leadership did not.

The following day Israel was attacked en masse by her Arab neighbors. Israel’s War of Independence had begun. Jordan captured east Jerusalem and the Old City. Israeli forces made a valiant attempt to thwart them; however, they were unable to do so. By the end of 1948 Jerusalem was divided between Israel and Jordan. In the Jordanian portion of Jerusalem all traces of Jewish existence were defaced including turning the Western Wall into a dump.