Also known as Beta Israel, Ethiopian Jews were brought to Israel by the Israeli and US governments between the late 1970s and the early 1990s.
More than two years after Israelis of Ethiopian descent took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protests discrimination and police brutality, and a year after the Justice Ministry released a report on how to fight racism, good-governance NGO the Citizens Empowerment Center in Israel found most of its recommendations remain unimplemented.
But MK Avraham Neguise of the Likud, chairman of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee and the only current lawmaker of Ethiopian descent, says the government has made strides that the numbers don’t reflect.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Israel (IL) is estimated to have a population of 8.6 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.7% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.8 million.