MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, dispatched on Monday urgent humanitarian aid to the Jewish Beta Yisrael community in Ethiopia.
They are located in the vicinity of the city of Debre Berhan, situated about 120 km from the capital Addis Ababa.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the deteriorating economic situation, the members of the community are suffering from a severe shortage of basic food products.
The aid, which passed through the Israeli embassy in Ethiopia, includes food packages and hygiene products given to 100 families.
Another shipment of humanitarian aid to other needy communities is planned for the near future.
Members of the Beta Yisrael community continue to immigrate Israel, the last group of 34 immigrants arriving at the Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday.
In March, 72 Ethiopian immigrants from the Falash Mura community landed in Israel.
Falash Mura are members of the Beta Yisrael Jewish community in Ethiopia who converted to Christianity during the 19th and 20th centuries. Some were forced to do so. Some have since returned to Judaism.
Former Chief Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef declared in 2002 that the Falash Mura had converted out of fear and persecution and therefore should be considered Jews.