2 Marcheshvan 5781
I got an email letting me know that they are being given an official welcome this Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The announcement came courtesy of a group I'd never heard of before called Genesis 123.
When I looked up their website, this is what I read...
The Genesis 123 Foundation is a US based non-profit. Our mission is to build bridges between Jews and Christians with Israel in ways that are new, unique, and meaningful. We have diverse leadership of Jews and Christians united toward this objective, and aspire to create an abundance of programs to achieve these goals. We are excited to play a role in this important mission and hope you will join us and be blessed.
Nice! A "US based" assimilationist organization bids us welcome yet more missionaries to Israel!
This invitation to sign up for the welcome party via Zoom details this missionary couple's many missionary credentials, but what caught my attention was this...
In 2006, he [Glenn Plummer] founded FIBA, the Fellowship of Israel and Black America which has since extended its mission to include the Ethiopian Israeli community.
That brought to mind the news story that came out the same week the Plummers arrived "on aliyah" in which it was reported that another 2,000 Ethiopian "Jews" would be arriving "immediately" to Israel despite the second harsh lockdown and the COVID-19 "crisis." Only one report called it like it really was - 2,000 (More) Ethiopian Flash Mura.
...Netanyahu first proposed the initiative of actively helping members of the Falash Mura community reach Israel in 1997. Since then, some 30,000 have arrived, with the arrival of an additional 2,300 approved during Netanyahu's previous term in office. The prime minister has also promoted unprecedented investments of hundreds of millions of shekels in absorbing and integrating Ethiopian immigrants into Israeli society.
The Falash Mura did not refer to themselves as Beta Israel until after the Jews had begun to immigrate to Israel.The Falash Mura were virtually unknown until Operation Solomon, when a number attempted to board the Israeli planes and were turned away. The Falash Mura said they were entitled to immigrate because they were Jews by ancestry, but the Israelis saw them as non-Jews, since most had never practiced Judaism and were not considered by the Beta Israel as part of the community.Ethiopian Jewry activists maintained that the Falash Mura had been forced to convert or had done so for pragmatic reasons without ever really abandoning their Jewish faith. At The North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry (NACOEJ) began to provide aid to the group in Addis that had not returned to their homes after being left behind during Operation Solomon. Once food and medical care became available, more Falash Mura left their villages for Addis and soon began to overload the meager resources of NACOEJ. The Joint Distribution Committee entered the picture and provided additional assistance on a humanitarian basis, without accepting the NACOEJ contention that they were Jews entitled to go to Israel.As the number of Falash Mura in Addis grew, the Israeli position hardened. The official view was that these people were not Jews and, if they had ever been Jews, it was in the distant past. Most were now practicing Christians who simply wanted to get out of Ethiopia by any means possible and saw an opportunity to escape by claiming to be Jewish and thereby earning the right to immigrate to Israel. The Israelis were convinced this motivation would encourage tens of thousands, perhaps most of the Ethiopian population to claim Jewish heritage. The Israeli government was simply not going to absorb the entire Ethiopian population....Meanwhile, Ethiopian Jews in Israel continue to have mixed feelings about the Falash Mura. Some feel resentment because they maintained their identity despite the pressures and opportunities while the Falash Mura did not. Others have relatives among the Falash Mura and want to be reunited. Meanwhile, Israeli officials say many of the Falash Mura reverted to their Christian ways as soon as they reached Israel, while the activists insist the opposite is true, that most have converted back to Judaism. (Source)
Ethiopian [Messianic] Congregations in Israel
Birlie Belay, Pastor of Five Israeli Ethiopian Jewish Congregations in Israel