Over 92, 000 Ethiopians have been brought to Israel by the Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency. This photo-essay by Moshik Brin and Margot Saffer tells the story of the 450 new arrivals who landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday 28 August, 2013, marking the completion of the journey.
Operation Dove's Wings completed a circle which began with a 2, 500 year old dream to return to Israel, as Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky commented at a welcome ceremony attended by partners, government dignitaries, and Ethiopian olim who were reunited with their families.
Sharansky added that The Jewish Agency will continue to assist those eligible for Aliyah from Ethiopia.
For the new immigrants, the journey is only beginning - they will live and learn at the 17 Jewish Agency Absorption Centers around Israel as they ease into their integration in their new country.
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Margot Saffer is an olah chadasha writing from Jerusalem for The Jewish Agency, Margot holds degrees in English, Media, and Psychology (cum laude), and a MPhil in Life-Writing. Her poetry, prose, journalism, and academic work have been published in three languages, on four continents. Her interests are social activism, giving voice to minority populations, and personal profiles.