MLK Would have been proud

Adi Levy/Jewish Federations of North America
Adi Levy/Jewish Federations of North America

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning … for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Today, this dream is being carried out … in Israel.

According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2011, Israel welcomed 16,892 immigrants, who came from around the world — Russian (3,678), Ethiopia (2,666), the U.S. (2,363), Ukraine (2,051) and France (1,775).

The Ethiopian immigration has experienced a large increase; in 2009, only 239 Ethiopians emigrated to Israel.

Ethiopians are gradually becoming part of mainstream Israeli society in religious life, military service, education and politics.

The absorption of the Ethiopians into Israeli society represents an ambitious attempt to deny the significance of race. Israeli authorities, aware of the situation of most African Diaspora communities in other Western countries, hosted programs to avoid setting patterns of discrimination.

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