Ethiopian Immigrants Meet FM Officials

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
1 November 1999

Ethiopian immigrants organization today (Monday) 1.11.99, met with Deputy Director-General for Africa Avraham Toledo at their request to discuss their charges that the Israeli government is discriminating against the Falash Mura – because of their skin color and because they are Africans – in contrast to immigrants from Russia and other CIS states.

Mr. Toledo replied that he would raise the matter with Foreign Minister David Levy. He stated that the policy of the Foreign Ministry is to support the immigration of all Jews in accordance with the Law of Return and that the immigration of any particular individual is based on his or her eligibility which is not the responsibility of the Foreign Ministry. The Embassy in Addis Ababa works in cooperation with the organizations responsible for this matter.