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Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Names First Ethiopian Jewish Ambassador

November 10, 2011

Rachamim was one of the first Ethiopian Jews to make aliyah to Israel in 1972 at the age of 14. His struggles to make it to Israel are chronicled in the 1977 book by Arnold Sherman, “In Search For Rachamim”. That same year, Rachamim became the first Ethiopian Israeli student to enroll in Tel Aviv University, where he earned degrees in Oriental & African Studies and Media & Communications. He then went on to a highly successful career in journalism. For nearly 30 years, Rachamim has been a leading voice and advocate for the Ethiopian Israeli community as host and producer of the most popular Amharic radio show in Israel on Kol Israel.
 
Rachamim worked intensely to help the Ethiopian Jewish community in  Ethiopia come to Israel. His tireless efforts, working closely with groups in Israel and the American Association for Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ) took him all over the globe, meeting world leaders, advocating for the rescue of the Ethiopian Jewish community from Marxist military Ethiopia.   Rachamim is also the author, with Baruch Meiri, of the book “The Dream Behind Bars – The Story of the Prisoners of Zion from Ethiopia.”
 
Rachamim states: “I am incredibly proud to represent a country that gives such wonderful opportunities to all those who deserve them. And I am tremendously proud to stand as an example for my community by demonstrating that through hard work and perseverance anything can be achieved.”

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One comment on “Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Names First Ethiopian Jewish Ambassador

  1. The “hard facts” in the above article are far to be true. It seems that Ethiopian-Israelis have deferent measures when they appointed to office– This of course is part of the so-called new-RACISM, made in Israel. Unfortunately, the new ambassador doesn’t even speak and write Hebrew well enough although he spent 40 years in Israel. For instance, according to the book “behind bars” title, Rachamim is not the writer but Baruch Meir. Of course this is not to say that the stories have not been told to both of them. This case is remind us that we need to pay more attention when we read that kind of stories regarding Ethiopian-Isralis even if at first sight they look and sound so touchy.

    Aregawi Zeleke, http://youngethiopianstudents.wordpress.com/ Israel

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