Chen Asemamo has been waiting 15 years for her grandmother to also be permitted to move to Israel and join the family, which arrived nearly in its entirety in the 1990s. “Every time they tell her ‘soon, soon’, that’s the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption’s code,” she said.
“My grandmother has six children and more than 30 grandchildren here, and she was simply left alone in Ethiopia. I do not understand how it could happen that we devote our lives to this country and this is the situation we have to deal with. The answer is always, ‘we’ll take care of it later’.”
Among those present was former Supreme Court president Meir Shamgar, who serves as the president of the Public Council for Ethiopian Jews. Shamgar and activists claimed they had presented Interior Minister Silvan Shalom with lists of 7,500-9,000 people who were left in Ethiopia and whose requests for immigration have been denied.
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