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Israeli’s Edah Haharedit racisim against Ethiopians & Ethiopian Jews

26 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi, excoriated one of the largest haredi organizations in Israel Tuesday, calling a recent ruling for the organization’s Kashrut supervision department “pure racism”.

According to a recent report by Kan, the Edah Haharedit, a haredi organization which maintains one of the largest and most widely used Kashrut supervision authorities in Israel, bars employees of Ethiopian descent at the “Barkan” winery from becoming directly involved in the production of wine.

The requirement imposed by the Edah Haharedit on Barkan as a condition for the winery’s continued use of its Kashrut supervision services – which are key to maintaining Barkan’s large share of the haredi market – stems from a rabbinic prohibition against the consumption of uncooked wine handled by non-Jews. Originally a ban on drinking wine which may have been used for pagan rituals, the prohibition was later expanded to all uncooked wine handled by non-Jews, with the aim of curbing assimilation.

In the case of the Barkan winery, the prohibition raises long-standing issues concerning the Jewishness of Ethiopian immigrants to Israel.

In the 1970s, both of Israel’s chief rabbis – Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef and Rabbi Shlomo Goren – ruled that the “Beta Israel”, a community of Ethiopians claiming to be part of a lost tribe of Israel, were in fact a genuine Jewish community with a tradition of ties to the Jewish people.

Disputes with other rabbinic authorities, however, prompted the requirement that Ethiopian immigrants coming to Israel undergo conversion ceremonies administered by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, to remove any remaining doubt regarding their status as Jews.

Despite their conversions, the Edah Haharedit – which does not recognize the State of Israel and has long been critical of state-administered conversions – has maintained a policy of barring Ethiopian Jews from directly handling wine at wineries which employ the Edah Haharedit Kashrut certification service.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the current Sephardic Chief Rabbi and son of Ovadiah Yosef, who was the first major Israeli rabbi to recognize Ethiopian Jewry, castigated the Edah Haharedit over its policy, calling it “pure racism”.

“There is absolutely no explanation for this kind of requirement [to ban Ethiopian Jews], except for pure racism. Ethiopian immigrants are unquestionably Jewish. The real question is whether we can rely on a Kashrut authority which likes to think of itself as being strict, but engages in ‘whitewashing’ and [behavior that amounts to] shedding the blood of other Jews, just because of their skin color.”

/Arutz Sheva

Smugglers ‘deliberately drowned’ migrants near Yemen — TPLF as the push factor!

10 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by DW
Up to 50 people believed to have been migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia have been “deliberately drowned” near Yemen. The UN’s migration agency has called the killings “shocking and inhumane.”
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“Ethiopia is a human-rights disaster”: Kenyans asked to spare a thought for Ethiopians in their midst

5 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Muthoni Wanyeki*

    “Ethiopia is a human-rights disaster. Which means that Kenya is host to over 30,000 asylum-seekers and refugees and they still need Kenya’s protection.”


The Madaraka Day presidential speech reiterated the executive’s determination to end Kenya’s hosting of asylum-seekers and refugees.

That determination affects asylum-seekers and refugees from many communities. While Somalis constitute by far the largest asylum-seeking and refugee community here, we are also host to many others: Burundians, Congolese and South Sudanese, Eritreans, Ethiopians, Rwandans and Ugandans.
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Identity & citizenship: Why questioning whether the Nuer is Ethiopian?

2 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Bol Buony Nyuot*

May 01, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Are all Nuers of Gambella refugees really as anti-peace campaigners recently exposed? Was there UNHCR in the world when Nuer lived at Matar, Kurthoony…and Jokow?
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Egypt deports 45 Africans over illegal immigration, a number of Ethiopians included

20 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by The Cairo Post

CAIRO: A total of 45 migrants from Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali were deported home over alleged attempts to illegally enter Israel and Libya via Egypt, Youm7 reported.
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Eritrean teen forced to witness Libya massacre: ‘I watched IS beheading Christians’

24 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Gianluca Mezzofiore, International Business Times (IBT)

A 16-year-old Eritrean migrant who escaped captivity under the Islamic State (Isis) in Libya has exclusively told IBTimes UK that the jihadists forced him to watch the beheading and shooting of Eritrean and Ethiopian Christians.
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Italy arrests two over migrant boat sinking

21 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The captain and a crew member of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, have been arrested, Italian officials say.
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ISIL beheads 15 Christian Ethiopian immigrants, shoots 15 others – A tragedy of people that flee TPLF’s persecution only to end up facing cruel misfortune in the hands of barbarians using Islam as cover!

19 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ISIL massacre of Ethiopian Christians

Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.
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