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Paperworks delays Ethiopians Migration to Israel

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Thousands of Ethiopians with family members in Israel have again had attempts to join them delayed, this time by a paperwork logjam, Israeli officials said on Sunday.


Threatened by a revolt on the issue within the ruling Likud party, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government pledged in April that 1,300 Ethiopians would be admitted within 12 months out of a possible 9,000 set to arrive over five years.

But so far only 64 have entered the country, prompting MP Elie Elalouf to say last week that Israel had "abandoned the Jewish community of Ethiopia despite the promises".

A spokesman for the Jewish Agency, a quasi-governmental institution that encourages diaspora communities to move to Israel, told AFP on Sunday that his organisation was waiting to receive the names of those eligible from the gov