The Ethiopians are Zionism’s great success

Opinion: Almost three decades after Operation Solomon brought thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, the schism between the community and the rest of Israeli society still exists, but we must revel in all that we have achieved in just 28 years

Danny Adeno Abebe
Twenty-eight years have passed since the State of Israel carried out Operation Solomon, one of the most daring operations in the history of Zionism.


Ynet’s sister publication Yedioth Ahronoth festively quoted the book of Exodus in its May 26, 1991, main headline – “On eagles’ wings”. The caption above it read “14,400 Ethiopian Jews were rescued in a brilliant operation”.
The State of Israel used to be a small yet bold country that imposed an aerial curfew on another sovereign country to save its people. Israeli society was on cloud nine.
An entire country shed tears in front of the touching images of a quick and determined rescue by IDF soldiers of the lost black brothers, as they were finally brought back home after a long exile.
Over two and a half decades have passed since these exciting days and since the spectacular and captivating images of a Jewish soldier in uniform walking hand in hand with an elderly black Jewish woman, as he escorted her up the stairs of the Israel Air Force plane that had landed on Ethiopian soil to fulfill our forefathers’ dream.
There’s been a lot of water under the bridge since then and the Ethiopian community has experienced a great deal of racism, alienation and frustration due to their skin color.
Now those small children who were carried on IDF officers’ shoulders at Addis Ababa airport protest the disproportionate violence of the Israeli police against them, and the disrespectful and judgmental attitude based only on the color of their skin.
Some of these children became prisoners against their will; others became officers in the IDF, academics, doctors, engineers, journalists, judges and much, much more.
Recent protests have shown the cultural gap between the pure-hearted children of Operation Solomon, who were excited to move to Israel and feel like an integral part of the Israeli tribe, and those civilians who sat in front of the TV screen and shed tears of joy.
This gap still exists and even keeps on growing with time.
Twenty-eight years later, it’s time to try and mend the great schism and heal the immense pain between the Ethiopian Jewish community and the rest of Israeli society, before it also permeates my children’s generation like a severe metastatic social cancer, causing racism and alienation between the two sides that will ultimately lead to our demise, G-d forbid.
And despite all the above, the Ethiopian Aliyah, including Operation Solomon, has been and remains a tremendous success of Zionism.
We succeeded in narrowing a millennia-old gap in exile in just one generation.

2 thoughts on “The Ethiopians are Zionism’s great success

  1. I am 100 percent sure that our women will do a commendable job in their mission even better than their male counterpart!!! Such news bear more than just news of what happened but it also carries news of attestation of indisputable qualification by our women. They have been qualified to carry out any assignment including leadership both in politics and economy since the beginning of time in our history but they were brutally denied of such opportunity by us irreparably oppressing men!!! Look at some of them excelling in now!!! But they achievements are not being told as they should in our media.

    Dear editors of this esteemed website!!! You know me by now that I have nothing but love and respect for you. Please let me have the privilege of picking a bone or two with you(in a friendly way). I politely ask you to search for our accomplished women who are making news in their profession here in the west and also in the old country and post them here. You have the qualifications and the connection to sniff out such news more than we do. I just read one such news about our dear countrywoman Rediet Abebe and extraordinary accomplishment on another website. Get this!! She is the first black woman to earn a PHD in computer science from Cornell University. That is not alone. She has a long ‘rap sheet’ of other achievements under her belt!!! But be prepared and stay alert talking to her!! Codeshare? She had that for her breakfast a long time ago!!! AI(That is Artificial Intelligence)? She may tell you what you will be thinking 20 years from now!!! And there is another such countrywoman just as sharp as a tack!!! I read about her story on another website sometime ago and her name is Timnit. AI is all her language, baby!!! I am sure there are plenty of our women whose far reaching accomplishments in various fields are not told and tucked under the rug. You should dig out such stories and tell us about them!!! Meanwhile, please allow me to say a word or two to Rediet bint Abebe and through her to all our countrywomen!!!

    What uplifting news! What did I tell you about the capabilities of our women? All they need is opportunity and they are like ‘they can’t stop us now!’ I wish this very accomplished scientist cross path with that bigot Satoshi Kanazawa so she can give him the stare down he deserves. You know, that unique stare our women are known for when they are justifiably upset; That stare of death!!!

  2. Brgid ale meqabru tayen beMinilik——-
    Yeatela menga mezgebun simolaw letarik——–

    Janhoy Silsawochum temeleketu aynachewin—–
    Ahunim amaran siyasarid amno ferenjin——-

    Arbegnoch abatochachin alu egziyo behafret——
    Tilant Kesewoch endalwalen ahunim sinineda be kebt——

    Meche yhon yemiyangeshegshen——
    Memognet metalel helina endelielen——–

    Asheshe gedamew honwal beyezerfu——-
    Yeteseberewin yeamara eji eyankerefefu——

    aba Adisaba sebernew biliwal beadebabay—
    Simeles yegragnin zemecha bekerfafaw lay—

    Minew asheshe gedamew biqerben——
    Degmo degmo eyesebaberen—–
    Hilina binorenma ejachnin besebeseben —
    Yehuwalit eyegotetew magegem aqaten—–

    Eje sebara negne memre yedekeme—–
    Erasachihu tewetut torinetun lebadme——

    Meche yhon yemnil bekentu atagadielen letorinet atgragn——–
    Kebt ayedelehum balemahteb hilina yelegne seww negn——

    Buda banda shifta aynachewun shebibo yizobachew——–
    Kenefu benifasu benew keamed gar moya meslowachew——–

    Meqabrum tekefto taye shimidmidnietachen—————
    Yetarik atelela sibisib sinachebechib beteseberew ejachen—–.

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