Plane brings 219 more Jewish Ethiopian immigrants to Israel

Earlier today a plan with 219 new immigrants from Ethiopia to Israel landed at Ben Gurion Airport.

The flight was the third to bring new Jewish olim from the African country as part of Operation Tzur Israel.

The operation is set to bring some 2,000 members of the community to Israel.

The immigrants were welcomed by Absorption and Immigration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata and officials from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and the Jewish Agency, which took part in the effort.

A child on a flight of immigrants from Ethiopia is seen after landing in Israel, December 22, 2020 (Avishag Shaar Yeshuv)

“Operation Tzur Israel is in full swing,” said Tamano-Shata. “Through the end of January, and in accordance with the government decision I approved last October, a plane carrying hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants will land in Israel almost every week, until the 2,000 people who have waited many years to arrive in Israel are reunited with their families.”