Even as Israel makes sure to keep lots of other folks out of Israel, from Palestinian refugees who used to live there to African refugees who came to work, a new group of Peruvians who have converted to Judaism is being welcomed by the country, reports Haaretz:
Mixed-race Peruvian converts to Judaism, also known as “Jews from the Amazons,” made aliyah to Israel last month, as part of a renewed immigration in which a total of 150 are expected to arrive by 2014.
The group of 18 from the small Jewish community in Iquitos, on the banks of the Amazon in Peru, arrived in Israel on a KLM flight and settled in Ramle last month.
The Jewish Agency will be assisting the aliyah process for all 150 new immigrants, who converted to Judaism with the Conservative Movement and whose immigration has been approved by the Interior Ministry.
Four years ago Adam Horowitz posted, “The situation in a nutshell“:
Anna Baltzer, author, and Haithem El-Zabri, founder of the Palestine Online Store. Austin, TX, November 2008. [Photographer unknown]
Thanks to Max Blumenthal.