Israel’s liberation of Ethiopian Jews proves it’s not racist

April 30th, 2009 | by addis portal |

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s depiction of Israel as a racist state is flawed in so many ways that it would be a challenge to catalog all of them in a single letter to the editor.

But the most glaring invalidation of his smear is found in Israel’s rescue of Ethiopian Jews beginning in 1984.

In the early 1980s, Ethiopian Jews were imprisoned on trumped-up spy charges, and religious leaders were harassed and kept under surveillance by the government. Forced conscription at age 12 took many Jewish boys away from their parents, some never to be heard from again.

Furthermore, with constant threats of war, starvation and horrendous health conditions, their precarious existence continued to deteriorate.

The three operations, code-named “Moses,” “Joshua” and “Solomon,” resulted in the rescue of approximately 38,000 Ethiopians from starvation and persecution.

These rescues — which brought the Ethiopian Jews to Israel — might be the only time in human history in which black Africans were not dragged from the continent in chains but, rather, were removed for the purpose of saving them.

Considering this, Ahmadinejad’s use of the word “racist” in this context is one that all intelligent people of good will should assail.

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