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The Israeli government on Sunday approved a proposal to allow the immigration of thousands of Ethiopians claiming Jewish descent, two years after saying that none remained there.Sunday's decision refers to the group known as Falash Mura, descendants of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity, many under duress, in the 18th and 19th centuries.They are not considered Jewish and are therefore not eligible for citizenship, but many have relatives among Ethiopian Jews already living in Israel.Her mother and seven siblings were allowed into Israel in 2004, with officials saying at the time she would be brought "a few weeks" later since as an "adult" over 18 her status was different, her brother Argawi Tesfa told AFP.For years, he has been trying to sway the government to allow the immigration of relatives, and his efforts took greater urgency in 2013 when Israel announced it had completed bringing in Ethiopians of Jewish descent.Israel has some 135,500 Jewish Israelis of Ethiopian descent, more than 92,000 of whom had been brought to the country, according to the Jewish Agency.
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