Tag Archive for Ethiopia

Abbas tells African Union Summit: Link ties to Israel with end to ‘occupation’


Palestinian leader goes to Ethiopia to persuade African leaders to put aside national interests gained from strengthening ties with Israel, unless Israel gives the Palestinians independence.




Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday told African states that improved ties with Israel should be calculated in relation to the Jewish state’s commitment to ceasing its military rule over Palestinian territories.

Over the past year, Israel has launched an intensive effort bolster its ties with African states, making inroads in a continent that has long refrained from enhancing such cooperation.“The Israeli state of occupation’s efforts to participate in your regional conferences and organize continental conferences encourages it to continue its arrogance, occupy Palestine and deny the Palestinian people’s rights,” Abbas told the 29th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Continue Reading »

IDF Major tells of her return to Ethiopian birthplace for spiritual Passover Seder


In an emotional letter, Maj. Yaros Shigot shares her unique experience as an IDF soldier who, for the first time, returned to her birthplace in Ethiopia where she read the Haggadah with the Jewish community on Passover night.

By Maj. Yaros Shigot


This is the story of a most exciting and unique Passover Seder for Ethiopian-born Maj. Yaros (Yerushalem) Shigot, who returned to Ethiopia this week for the first time since immigrating to Israel.The following moving letter, which was written to Yedioth Ahronoth by Shigot, who serves in the IDF’s Education Corps, contains the recordings of her journey, in which she shares her family history of their arduous journey to Israel, and explains why she shed tears while reading the Haggadah with the Jewish community in Addis Ababa. Continue Reading »

Open Mic Catches Egyptian Politician Plotting ‘War’ with ‘Enemies’ Israel & U.S.

This open microphone incident of Egypt’s senior politicians plotting against American interests, admitting the US to be their enemy will be ignored as White House policy continues its support of Morsi & his gov’t.

President Mohammed Morsi gathered a group of politicians last week who thought they were speaking privately at a parliamentary meeting. Continue Reading »

Israelis go Combat Desertification, Helping African Deserts Bloom


Israeli students went to Africa to apply Israeli advancements in agricultural technology to combat desertification toward a solution for global hunger.

By Princella D. Smith


Despite Israel’s semiarid climate, Israel’s agricultural industry has advanced enough to prevent its desertification, which is defined as the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture.

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Ethiopia also celebrates Miss Israel

Yityish Aynaw’s success in becoming Miss Israel is attracting media attention in Ethiopia

By Itamar Eichner


Yityish (Titi) Aynaw, the first Ethiopian-born woman to be crowned Miss Israel, is attracting media attention in her homeland as well, with intense coverage by Ethiopian newspapers, websites, television and radio stations.

The Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a press release about the beauty pageant and the precedent set by its winner. The Embassy is planning to use the win as part of a PR campaign for Israel, which will include posting Aynaw’s pictures on billboards across Ethiopia.

The Embassy is also initiating an unusual move: Sending a text message to every cell phone in Ethiopia to announce the crowning of an Ethiopian beauty queen in Israel. Continue Reading »

Israeli Student Delegation Off to Africa to Eliminate Tropical Diseases

Many diseases the western world considers extinct are still very much a problem in 3rd world countries. A delegation of 9 students from Ben Gurion University was sent to Makele, Ethiopia, to take part in an extensive educational medical program which aims to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.


The program is led by Professor Zvi Bentwich and is being implemented by the Faculty of Health Science’s Center for Emerging Diseases, Tropical Diseases and AIDS (CEMTA) with the assistance of other bodies, including UN organizations, local government agencies and the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Social Awareness: Israeli Students Go To Africa To Battle Neglected Diseases

Social Awareness: Israeli Students Go To Africa To Battle Neglected Diseases – Photo: Ben Gurion University

According to Prof. Continue Reading »

Government approves new aliya from Ethiopia

Decision will allow around 250 Jews from Ethiopia to arrive in Israel each month, some after waiting for more than 10 years.




In a drive to expedite what has been touted as the historic final chapter in mass aliya from Ethiopia, the government on Sunday approved an additional budget of NIS 17 million, which will speed up the entire process and also see the opening of a new absorption center here.

Ethiopian Jews (illustrative) - Photo: Ruth Eglash

Ethiopian Jews (illustrative) – Photo: Ruth Eglash

The goal is to ensure the arrival in Israel of some 2,200 new immigrants before the end of March 2014.

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Ethiopian officials come to learn from MDA

Visitors especially interested in MDA’s strategies for coping with emergencies using current technologies.


The head of the situation room at Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry and his deputy visited Magen David Adom on Tuesday to learn from Israel’s first aid, ambulance and blood supply organization.


ETHIOPIAN Ambassador Beylanesh Zevadia visits MDA - Photo: Ethiopian Foreign Ministry
ETHIOPIAN Ambassador Beylanesh Zevadia visits MDA – Photo: Ethiopian Foreign Ministry

The state visit by Getachew Teshoma and his assistant, Yeganaw Mengist Belay, was announced on Thursday by MDA. They were accompanied by new Ethiopian Ambassador Beylanesh Zevadia.

Senior MDA officials, including director-general Eli Bin, described organizational lifesaving activities and showed them the advanced computerized control and monitoring systems that had just been installed. Continue Reading »

Israeli Volunteers Provide Free Surgery to Thousands in Ethiopia

The Israeli volunteer organization Eye from Zion is providing free cataract surgery to thousands of people in Ethiopia.

The Israeli volunteer organization Eye from Zion is providing free cataract surgery to thousands of patients in Ethiopia, according to a press release issue by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.

When the delegation of volunteers first arrived in Ethiopia in February, they were expecting to treat dozens of patients. Instead, they were confronted with thousands of people in need of medical care, who were on the verge of being blinded by cataracts.

“They told us 70, and when we arrived there were 1,400 waiting for us,” said Nati Marcus, Founder of Eye from Zion. Continue Reading »