According to the Israeli Ministry of Interior, en-masse aliyah from Ethiopia ended
in the summer of 2013. In reality, there are still thousands of Ethiopian Jews
in Gondar and Addis Ababa who are waiting to immigrate to Israel, says Avraham Negosa,
a representative of the Ethiopian community in Israel.
The South of Israel represents a new opportunity for Jewish immigrants. Since the days of David Ben-Gurion the Negev inspired many passionate Zionists. The Negev desert covers about 60% of the country’s territory but only accounts for about 8% of the population.
The Ethiopian lifestyle is based on sustainability. Included in the many challenges that Ethiopian immigrants face on arrival in Israel is the transition to a high-tech and consumerist society. Adapting will be easier in future: sustainability already plays an important role in the conservation-minded West, and is now gaining a more central role in environmental education in Israel.