for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Ethiopian Israelis

last monday afternoon (27th february), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (partly repeated on pick of the week on sunday evening)
a troubled homecoming (1st of 5 episodes of the neither here nor there series, about mass migration) (presented by writer academic and diplomat david dabydeen)

“Persecuted in the 1980s, tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews have been airlifted to Israel under that country’s Law of Return.

Housing, healthcare and education were all provided under a meticulous assimilation plan. Yet Ethiopian Jews remain the most disadvantaged group within the Jewish population.
Many have been victims of racism and tensions have boiled over, resulting in clashes in with the police. Why has the homecoming to Israel been so troubled for the first generations of Ethiopians? And are there signs that younger members of the community are determined to improve their circumstances?”

(if you missed it, available at


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