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Special Assignment (Ethiopia Famine / Transfer of Jews To Israel) #92218

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 02, 1985
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(Studio) Report on transfer of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, with United States help. Israeli censorship of report noted
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Celebration of Hanukkah by Ethiopian Jews in Galilee town of Migdal H'imech noted. Background given on Ethiopian Jews who have been part of Diaspora since destruction of 1st Temple 2700 years ago. [Ethiopian community leader Yonah BOGALE - talks about faith.] 12-yr.-old film about Jewish life in Ethiopia's Gondar region shown. Traditional view of Ethiopian Jews by Israeli Jews cited. Legend of Ethiopians' descent from tribe of Dan stated. [Social worker David BEDEIN - describes famine's effects on Gondar region.] [Committee for Ethiopian Jews spokesperson Rachamin ELAZAR - describes difficulty of social change for Ethiopians in Israel.] Controversy with regard to immigration of Ethiopians outlined. Town of Nahariya mentioned. [Rabbi Itzhak GROSSMAN - comments.] [BOGALE - comments.]
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick

Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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