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From Tragedy To Triumph:  The Rescue of Ethiopian Jewry

Mitchell Bard
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Course Description

Many people know that Israel brought thousands from Ethiopia and Sudanese refugee camps in airlifts in the 1980s and 1990s. Even today, more Ethiopians who claim to be Jews are hoping to reach Israel, but the Israeli government has been slow to bring them. What is the reason for this reluctance? This lecture will answer why it took so long, how Israel managed to secretly rescue thousands when it decided to act, and what has impeded the remaining Ethiopian Jews from being welcomed to Israel. It will also look at how the Ethiopian Jews have integrated into Israel and the challenges they face.

About the Instructor

  • Mitchell Bard, Ph.D., is the executive director of the nonprofit American‑Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and an authority on U.S.‑Middle East policy. Bard is the director of the Jewish Virtual Library, the world's most popular and comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history. He earned a doctoral degree in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in public policy from Berkeley. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics from UCSB and has been named one of the "top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life" by the Algemeiner Journal. He has appeared on national and international media outlets and is the author/editor of 22 books.