Members of Ethiopia's Jewish community hold pictures of their relatives in Israel during a solidarity event at the synagogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
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Most of the nearly 8,000 Ethiopian Jews in the East African nation are said to have family members already in Israel.Activists say Israel's government in 2015 pledged to bring the remaining Ethiopian Jews to Israel. In 1991 with Ethiopia in civil war, Israel carried out the dramatic Operation Solomon, successfully airlifting out some 14,500 Ethiopian Jews in less than two days.Most Ethiopian Jews live in northern Ethiopia's Amhara region, one of the areas that has experienced the sometimes deadly anti-government protests that began in November 2015 with demands for greater freedoms.In a letter addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Ethiopian Jews in Addis Ababa said they want to immediately and without any preconditions go to Israel and join family members.
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