Ethiopian Jews in Israel still await Promised Land – By Michael Blum (AFP)

November 20th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

JERUSALEM — The ancient hymns brought tears to the eyes of Solomon Ayeli, as well as memories of his native Ethiopia which he left two decades ago for Israel — a country he loves but where he often feels rejected.

“There should be no differences between black Jews and white Jews,” said Ayeli, 29, who was among 15,000 people who this week celebrated the Ethiopian-Jewish Sigd — prostration — festival in Jerusalem.

“We want to be fully fledged Israelis,” he said, as priests intoned prayers in Ethiopia’s ancient scriptural language Geez. “We want to fully belong to Israeli society which often rejects us.”

In spite of everything, Ayeli, like many members of the Ethiopian Jewish community — known as Beta Israel — says his journey to the Holy Land was the fulfilment of a dream. “Living here is an exceptional opportunity.”

But the cost was high.

“I lost 10 family members in the desert, on the way to Israel,” says Ayeli who had to walk for days through Sudan on his way to Israel when he was 10-years-old.

Separated during centuries from other Jewish communities, the Beta Israel were only recognised as Jews by Israel’s two chief rabbis in 1975.

The recognition was crucial, as Aliyah — the Israeli law of return — allows any Jew to settle in Israel and get citizenship.

Israel airlifted in 35,000 Ethiopian Jews under Operation Moses in 1984, at the height of a killer famine in the Horn of Africa, and during the 1991 Operation Solomon.

Today, there are more than 120,000 Ethiopian Jews in Israel, 80,000 of whom were born in Africa.

Many feel they are still treated like second-class citizens.

A recent study showed that 53 percent of employers preferred not to hire Ethiopians, who nevertheless still fared better than Arabs with an 83 percent rejection rate.

The study also found that 70 percent of employers tended not to promote Ethiopians.

Israel’s Association for Civil Rights says employment rates within the Ethiopian community were 10 percent lower than for the rest of the population last year.

Official figures show that 2008 high school completion was only 36 percent among students of Ethiopian origin as compared with 55 percent for other Israelis.

In September, ultra-Orthodox schools in Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv, caused a public uproar when they initially refused to accept children of Ethiopian descent, although they eventually accepted some of the applicants.

But there are some success stories.

In 2008, the Israeli parliament passed legislation making it mandatory for schools to teach the traditions of Ethiopian Jews. And for the first time, the state this year financed the Jerusalem celebrations of Sigd.

“We are at the beginning of a path that will lead us towards full integration into Israeli society,” said Shlomo Mola, a member of parliament of Ethiopian origin.

The Sigd celebration brought together a large sample of the Beta Israel community — youths sporting scarves in the Ethiopian colours, women clad in traditional white outfits and Israeli soldiers chatting in Amharic, Ethiopia’s main official language.

“We want to present a different image of our community, which has produced doctors, scientists and deputies,” said Mola, one of only three Israelis of Ethiopian origin to have won election to parliament.

Nigist Mengesha, who heads the Ethiopian National Project community group, admits it is not easy to merge into Israeli society while keeping Ethiopian traditions.

“But after 25 years, it’s time we should be integral part of the state of Israel.”

  1. truth
    | #1

    ethiopia is big enouph it also holly land go back home and don’t remember the word promis land because there is no promise land if there is that will be ethiopia.

  2. banjaw
    | #2

    It is sad to wittnes oppressed Ethiopians being used as servent of accoupation army against oppressd Palistenan pouplation.

  3. ETHIOPIAN JEW
    | #3

    It is wrong to claim Israel as a promissed land for Ethiopians, if not for Israelis. Ethiopian Jews in Israel claimed that their root to be traced from King Solomon who fathered Minilik I. If the story is true that King Solomon had an affair with queen of Sheba, then how their decendancy be rejected by mere reason of their color or ethnic identity?? The true story is that Queen of Sheba may have several people whom King Solomon ordered to accompany the Queen when she was returned to Ethiopia. Those Israelis who came to Israel love the country (Ethiopia) than Israel because when they compared the sand covered desolate land of their home land, they asked the queen and was permitted. I know the story how Thhiopian Jews were treated by successive christian rulers and have all reason to hate the country because of seggregation and discrimination. HOW AN ETHIOPIAN POSSIBLY SAY I AM AN ETHIOPIAN WHEN EVEN YOU ARE NOT TO OWN LAND AS CITIZEN?. For this reason, Ethiopian Felasha or Bete Israel choose to leave Ethiopia for once and for all not because their lovef for Israel but the true love is with the Ethiopian People even though the government denied them fundamental rights. If NEW government come to Ethiopia surely they will return to Ethiopia to claim their home land and keep Judaism as it is common elsewhere in other part of world

  4. Assta B. Gettu
    | #4

    My dear Ethiopian Jew or B. A. Kassa,

    You wrote: “It is wrong to claim as a promised land for Ethiopia, if not for Israelis.” Your sentence is vague because it does not identify the person who is making the claim that Israel is the Promised Land for Ethiopia.

    It is not only the Ethiopian Black Jews in Israel who claim they belong to the Abrahamic race – the Judaic race, not just to king Solomon, but also all the Ethiopian Jews who are living in Ethiopia and many Ethiopian Christians have the same claim.

    When Menelik II was 20 years old, he went to visit his father Solomon, and when he returned to Ethiopia, he brought many Jews with him to Ethiopia, including some Levites with the Ark of the Covenant; therefore, the present Ethiopian Black Jews are the descendants of those Jews who came with Menelik II to Ethiopia and settled in this beautiful land of ours for many centuries until recently many of theme immigrated (Alia) to the Promised Land of the Jews. They are not the offspring of King Solomon; they are the children of Abraham, and, hence, the children of God.

    Of course, the Ethiopian kings trace their kingly lines to King Solomon through Menelik II, but the Ethiopian Black Jews trace their history to King Solomon, not their hereditary that goes back to Abraham. When Queen Sheba, the Queen of Ethiopia, came back from visit to King Solomon, she didn’t bring Jews with her to her country, Ethiopia: it was her son Menelik II who brought perhaps thousands of Jews with him with the blessing of his biological father, King Solomon.

    Let me digress for a while here: In your November 24/09, #25, comment, you stated I’m a contentious person and a threatening one like Paul who rebuked Peter.

    First, I am not Paul and you are not Peter either as your statement suggests; however, Paul had a reason to rebuke Peter in Antioch because during that particular time there was a great controversy in Antioch, concerning Jewish purity laws governing food, sharing of meals with Gentiles and circumcised Jews.

    St. Paul writes about the controversies between the circumcised Jews and the Gentiles: “When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

    “When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, ‘You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish custom?’

    “We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ…because by observing the law, no one will be justified.” (Galatians 2:11-16) This is the main reason that Paul was very ferocious and opposed Peter in front of the Gentiles and the Christian Jews.

    Any crime perpetrated in the name of a Jew affects all the other Jews – Old Jews or nearly converted Jews as yourself, Black Jews or European White Jews.

    When the Biblical Jews condemned Jesus to die on the cross, they took responsibility for his death by confirming in public and in front of Pontius Pilate that the blood of Jesus Christ be upon them and upon their children, and their children. In this case, if you are a newly converted Jew from Christianity or Islam, you have purposely and intentionally joined the killers, justifying the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

    To let the whole world know your generosity, you wrote: “In America I assisted Ethiopians who had legal problems and never charged them even one ($1) dollar. This is because in America many Ethiopians who encounter legal problem are poor and cannot afford to pay $300-500/per hour legal fee for an attorney.”

    First, your two intentionally written sentences tell your hypocrisy that you are an attorney that charges $300 to $500 an hour, and second that you are a generous person who always helps the poor Ethiopians who have legal problem in America.

    You see, that is what Judaism teaches its adherents: it teaches them self-righteousness and hypocrisy; however, Christianity, on the other hand, teaches its followers not to announce what they have done to help the poor; therefore, Jesus says: “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” (Matthew 6:2) In this case, you have already received your reward from millions of the Abugida viewers, and you will get nothing from the Almighty God.

    Yes, if you are converted from Christianity, the true faith, to Judaism, a legalistic faith, I’m greatly concerned, and I will work hard to bring you back to Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world.

    If “all Jews” as you said, “viewed” Jesus and the Christian scripture as ‘dirty rug’ and nothing else,” why do you then read the Christian Holy Bible since you are also one of those Jews who hate the Christians’ faith but love Islam?

    Philosophy and the history of ancient Israel do not help anyone to understand the Bible; St. Paul was a legal scholar and who knew Greek very well, but failed to understand Christianity at the beginning; it was through revelation and the power of the Holy Spirit that he became a changed man. He did not have to know philosophy or the history of old Israel to understand Christianity.

    You remember how Elisha was called to replace Elijah the prophet: When Elijah “threw his cloak around him (Elisha), Elisha “took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate it. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.” (1st Kings 19:19-21) Elisha was a simple farmer; he never read any book of philosophy, but the Holy Spirit changed him to become the prophet of God. So, we cannot understand God or God’s Holy Bible by getting Advanced Degree in philosophy or in Divinity; it is only through the Holy Spirit that we will be able to understand the scriptures.

    I have never said your statement, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” applies to me; however, when I saw it and no explanation was attached to it, I asked you to explain it to me, and after I asked you to explain it to me, you tried your best, but I still could not understand the relevancies of it and why you wrote it in the middle of our heated theological discussion.

    If you know who I am, where I am from, and who my friends are and in which Churches I have worshipped or preached God, does it bother you and give you a big problem?

    It seems you are one of the Woyanne agents asked or employed by Woyanne to compile the whole history of a person who is an arch enemy of the Woyanne regime, the enemy of the Ethiopian people, especially the Amhara nation, a distinguished tribe. You are welcome to give Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi) and his wife Jezebel all the information you have about me, Assta B. Gettu, and get a memorable reward from them.

    You have asked me to email you so that you could reveal to me who you are; I’m sure you already know my email since you have wrongly guessed where I am from, and who my friends are. In the same way, you can also guess my address, my telephone number, and my email. In fact, I’m getting a lot of calls from unknown sources, and you must be one of them.

    May God forgive you for changing your faith to Judaism and bring you back to his Church, his dwelling place!

  5. ETHIOPIAN JEW
    | #5

    TO Assta B. Gettu (OR MERGETA ASSTA BEREKET GETTU):

    As I already informed you in our previous debate on religion, I have made it clear that it is not to anybody’s interest to continue debating on faths that are incompaitable by any measure. However, with your desire to cultivate and promote further animosity you are following every avenue to confront me for the reason that will be reveal soon. Leaving that for now, let me point to you how grave mistake you have made in your article:
    First on MINILIK I: You faild to distinguished the Menilik II of Adwa to that of Minilik I of the son of Queen of Sheba. You had asserted Minilik II to be the son of Queen of Sheba. You did this four time (4) in a single page. You see Mergeta, this is the problem in christian theology because christian deacon/priest or even the patriarch consumed alchol which Jesus introduced to this world when he changed water to Wine. Had you wrote your article w/o having your glass neat to you you did not make such foolish mistake. But how you were selected in your younger age as a student of high caliber to learn theology, get degree as such but manifest a tragic end.

    ON AMHARA AS DISTINGUISHED TRIBE:

    What distinguished Amhara tribe than the rest of Ethiopians? Go to Gonder your birth place and see your “distinguished” tribe how trrrible life they are living. You had 44 religious establishment and prists or “Mergetas” are busy preaching the multitude to honor not only the Christian sabbath Sunday) or the Jewish Sabbath (saturday) but the entire days of every month thus keep as a religious captivates. Emperor Tewodros was started to eliminate but was not fortunate to pursue as he himself was killed by Napier expedition and Yohannes’s conspiracy. SO Amhara remain the prisoner of wrong religion (christianity) and remain poor. Mr. Assta Bereket Gettu, is there bathroom tissue in your parents house? Do all amhara live better life stile than the rest of Ethiopian tribs. Why Amhara has another name of migrant and/or neftegna? The answer is he was migrant (in most case aseconomic refuge and as a priest to the southern part of Ethiopia) This doesn’t make Amhara “distinguished” as you falsly propogated to help burry your ethnic group than what they have been burried by Weyane.

    AS TO YOUR ALLEGATION OF MY SERVICE TO WEYANE:

    In a conclusary allegation, you have attempted to label me as Weyane’s Agent. I will not blame you because you are the same person who accused me as a person who cause suffering of the Ethiopian Childrens by preventing them not to use public transportation in Israel. This is what enkerdad do to people when taken before one pick his pen.

    AS TO WHY I READ A CHRISTIAN BIBLE:

    As I stated earlier and as you can witness, I have cited several biblical verses of the christian bible during our theological dabate. But none of the Isrialites do dare to touch that book let alone study it. The reason why I read it even after my conversion is because I am teaching christian all the falsehood on that same bible. I will do that until god decide my final day in this world. To your surprise, I have changed an Ethiopian PhD holder who is superior than me – in all respect. I have another who is also doing fine. Mr. Assta Bereket Gettu: return to God, Jesus is not god but a mere man and a magician !!!!!

  6. Assta B. Gettu
    | #6

    My dear Ethiopian Jew,

    I admit that I have made an innocent mistake by putting Menelik II in place of Menelik I, and I apologize for that unintentional error. My mistake is my own mistake; it does not reflect as a weakness of other Christians. If you harbor on it until you die, it will be your problem, not mine. The world will still continue with those of us who make mistakes and with those of you who never make mistakes at all. And that is the views of many Jews who think by fulfilling the Torah they will be saved; in fact, it is only Jesus Christ who fulfilled the law as I have explained it to you in my November 25/09 #4 comment.

    To remain a Christian forever is not a tragic end, but to convert to Judaism is the most unforgiveable sin a person ever commits in his life in this world and to reject Jesus Christ as one’s personal savior is hell on earth.

    Believe it or not, this distinguished race, the Amhara race, will rise up again and crash or pulverize its enemies once for all. The Amhara people may be poor materially but strong spiritually and proud of their history and their Christianity. It is because of the Amhara people that Ethiopia still exists, and without the Amhara, there will be no Ethiopia. Ingenuity is for the Amhara, education is for the Amhara, the art of governance is for the Amhara and faith in one God, Jesus Christ, is for the Amhara. The other Ethiopian tribes learn what they want to learn from this distinguished Amhara tribe: they learn neatness, orderliness, table manner, and respect of the other person. All in all, the Amharas are yechiwa-lijoch. Self confidence is in their blood; no body taught them; it is simply in their DNA. What a blessed race, the Amhara race! And what a great joy to belong to this unique race!

    Agent of Woyanne or agent of Israel, it doesn’t make any difference to me; I want you to be agent of God rather than the agent of mortals. I said you are the agent of Woyanne because you have tried to investigate where I lived, learned, worshiped, and with whom I associated, and beyond that you asked me to give you my email since everything is in your hand and you can use it at your disposal.

    I commend you for reading the Christian Bible and I admire your grasp of the verses, but to understand the Bible, you have to pray to God to explain it to you, and as I said before, holding a master degree or Ph.D., does not help one to understand the Holy Bible. You have to kneel down, show humbleness before the eyes of God, and don’t be like the Pharisee who “stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’” (Luke 18:11-12)

    Be honest, in stead of teaching the Christians the falsehoods or the bad interpretation of some of the verses, tell them the truth of the Christian Bible; other wise, you will be responsible for misleading those who come to learn from you.

    You are indeed a typical Jew or Muslim because you continue to boast for what you have done. What is the difference between converting an ordinary person and a person with a Ph.D.? It doesn’t surprise me at all; as I can read your heart from your writing, you always boast; your friend, St. Paul says: “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2nd Corinthians 11:30) Again, in his letter to the Galatians, Paul declares: “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (6: 14) Therefore, whether you have converted a Ph.D. person or President Barack Obama and his family to Judaism, don’t boast. Keep your success for your self, and the God who searches your heart will reward you when he returns for the second time. In the mean time, keep up writing me, if you have enough time.

  7. Assta B. Gettu
    | #7

    Your attention, please!

    In my November 25th/09, #4 Comment, I wrote by mistake Menelik II four times instead of Menelik I. In all four places, it should be Menelik I, not Menelik II. I apologize for the error.

    Thank you Mr. Ethiopian Jew for reminding me the error I made unintentionally.

  8. ETHIOPIAN JEW
    | #8

    TO ASSTA BEREKET GETTU:

    Thank you for admitting your mistake but I have no intention to write further to you not because I have no time but you are not a typical person whom I have a desire to debate on confrontational term. In a court of law, we had the culture of adverserial proceeding that the defendant and the plaintiff litigate issue of facts or the law itself. In that proceeding, mannerism is controlled by judical directives. The Judge will stop (or sanctioned) the one party promoting an offense
    against the other. As I have witnessed your approach in the past debates, there is no a single incident that you passed without attacking the person, if not the issue. Several times you labled me as Weyane Agent, in another time you labled me as an Israeli agent and more often, pro Islam and pro Israelite. There is no force that can stop because, I researched and learned, that this is your unfortunate habit. Let me tell you how other characterize you interaction with the general public:

    1. In this website forum, an individual by the name Fayaa had made an response to the comment you made in that same website’s forum. In his response, he made a mistake in spelling the word “future” as “futre”. Instead of suggesting to him to correct his inadvertent mistake you wrote to him saying: “…why don’t you take a spelling lesson somewherebefore you post your comment at this forum” (see Abugida Ethiopian American InformationCenter’s website of July 16, 2009 @23:51 comment no. 21)

    2. ON ISLAM & SOMALIANS: “….Icondemn their (Sharia Law) that is nothing elsebut a SATANIC LAW that justify the cutting of “….penises … of a person of suspecting of stealing foods. ( See EthioBlog on 06/30/09 @ 12:07)

    3. ON ETHIOPIAN MUSLIMS:- “….This is what happened that thousands of Mosques are being build every day …since Arab-Muslim legislators are the majority… and thatIslam could be spread very quickly while prolonging the request for a permit to build christian churchs since …. that son of the false prophet Mohammed Gragn Ahmed. (see Nazret.com under the Title “Property Firm Face evicition by Yohannes Anberber, dated 8/04/09.

    TWO CRITICS SAID TO YOU AS FOLLOWS:

    Mr. G:- Is it me or everyone elsethink this Assta B. Gettu guy is a loonley just escape from some Mental Institution? ( same source 08/04/09 @15:01am.

    Mr. TRUTH said: this is the right time we own youin slaving you and finally dump you in Lake Tana, lazy do nothing people has no purpose in life. (See same source on 08/04/2009 @15:51

    3. ON AMHARA “AS DISTINGUISHED TRIBE”: At this very page of your’s article, (comment no.6, above)you have made several bosts that make all Amharas so sad because this is what you would like to accomplish. In classifying Amhara as a superior tribe, you have repeated the same rehotherical rambling that amharas don’t claim.You had made similar nonsense claim six months ago and have said the following:

    “….during Haileselassie all bodyguards were speaking a unifying language – Amharic..and can ubderstand each other. In Meleses’ time, however,all bodyguards are from different tribes and speak different language and can not understand if they plan to overthrew the regime.

    Mr. Assta Bereket Gettu: You are everywhere in the web world being a combatant of faith and politics. I have cited few examples that you never refute in any way and by any means. THIS MAY BE CONSTRUED AS YOUR RESUME, and it is bad resume if it is presented as evidence of characted in the court of law under FRCP 404 of the United States legal system. For all personal reason and the reason of your combative character, I decidedly declined not to communicate with you. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS MEMO AS A “NOTICE TO PROTECT PRIVACY” and refrain from contacting me further effective immediatly. Thanks.

  9. Assta B. Gettu
    | #9

    Ethiopian Jew or B. A. Kassa,

    I don’t understand why you have two names or may be more; any way, I will call you, Mr. Kassa or Ethiopian Jew, if you don’t mind, but it is confusing as your faith Judaism confuses the followers of Jesus.

    I am glad you have taken time to compile what I have been saying about Islamist terrorists, Jihadists, and their false religion, especially their Sharia law which you are trying to defend when you said Islam is the true religion but Christ is a magician, and he is not God. The Christian world is laughing on you, particularly America, a land of Christianity and the home of freedom, equality and justice.

    I am always against people, like you, who defame Jesus, the Son of the living God, and I urge you to continue putting in file all the comments and articles I have written for some years, and most of my writings may have irritated the Islamist terrorists, and I cannot comprehend why you are angry because I oppose terrorism and Islam, and the Sharia law. I have also written about Muhammad, the false prophet, the rapist who raped the nine-year-old girl, Aisha, and the lover of power, money, lust.

    I want you to remember I am living in the United States of America, not in the land of your master, Meles Seitanawi and his wife Jezebel, where people are not allowed to criticize their government. If you are living in this great country of the United States of America, read the First Amendment of the Constitution; if you haven’t read it, I will send you a little booklet that has the United States Constitution, a living document ever written.

    You have listed what the supporters of Islam and the enemies of Christianity have said as evidence that I am a quarrelsome person, hard to persuade and to convert to your faith – Judaism. You told me you have already converted a person with Ph.D. to Judaism and you are teaching others to follow your new found faith. Good lack! This is America where you can do anything you want, but I stand up by what I have said that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God, and the Jews who crucified Jesus are criminals, and you can defend them if you want. The case will be: Judaism vs. Christianity – prosecutor: B. A. Kassa; defendant – Assta B. Gettu. It will be a good show for some weeks.

    Let me make it clear that I believe in Jesus Christ and in the holy Bible written by people inspired by the Holy Spirit (2nd Timothy 2:16). I denounce Islam and Judaism, and I will never be converted into either of them. Case closed, Mr. Proselyte, and God is not like a math formula (2+2=4). Do you believe in faith and in revelation? I believe that Jesus Christ will come again, and I believe that St. Paul was converted from Judaism to Christianity through revelation.

    You have been meddling with the Christian Theology which is not your field by any means, and that is why you want to get out from this theological debate; no, you cannot get out until you are convinced that Christ is the true Son of God and Islam that teaches the killing of Christians is a false religion, and those Jews who have rejected Jesus Christ as their personal God and savior are not the legitimate children of God. Therefore, you cannot get out this quick and easily; you are in the middle of the Ocean; swim or sink, and I’m trying to teach you how to swim and how to get out to the safest ground – Christianity.

  10. Ethiopian Jew
    | #10

    ASSTA B. GETTU OR ASSTA BEREKET GETTU:

    Yes it is true Jesus is a false prophet according my religion, and you Assta Bereket is a religious fanatic insulting everyone who doesnot accept your pagan religion. Yes jesus was rejected by Jews and will be rejected until David, the true Messiah come and wash all dirty works done by false prophet. You will be in the court of law for defaming earthly men by earthly law and court. Defamation and slanders are the fundamental safeguarding mechanism of rights in America. You can be called Mergerta, Debtera or Fitawrari none of which honor but degrade as your faith in God is substituted by a mere man anad a magician. Go to your birth place in Gonder for a little break because stress is what makes you a violent fighter with Islam and Jews. Go to Atatamimichel where you paray for my father who was burried there as he died worshiping your Godman, jesus. In politics, I am ashemed on you when you say Amhara is the “distinguished tribe” than the rest of other Ethiopian. In this dirty business of politics, you are wrong to say one human race is superior than the other. I wonder how America allows you stay in this country having such racist/tribalist attitude.

    Correction:- On your comment #9, paragraph 5 and line 5, your spelling for “good Luck” was written as “good Lack”, and I sincerly advise you not to repeat similar mistake specially if you have all reason to use it at the end of any letter of correspondance – it seems trivial but is so humiliating. I will not recommend to you to take class as you said to one of your critic who made similar error when he was writing on your character, and religion.

  11. Assta B. Gettu
    | #11

    Mr. Ethiopian Jew or B. A. Kassa,

    When you are out of factual thoughts, you are now resorting to carp – a peevish complaint that I have misspelled one word out of hundred words, and you are changing the theological debate into a spelling debate. Let us see what you have written in your last two paragraph comments:

    1. according my religion: Should be according to .
    2. everyone who doesnot: Should be does not – two separate words.
    3. by a mere man anad: Should be and.
    4. go to where you paray: Should be pray.
    5. I am ashamed on: Should be ashamed of.
    6. I sincerly: Should be sincerely.

    The most devastating one is the misspelling of the word “sincerely,” which shows that you have never written any letter to a friend and close it with the word “sincerely,” or you may have chosen another word instead.

    It seems you are very concerned about the Amhara tribe as if you were the right person to present that distinguished tribe; you cannot represent the Amhara tribe because you are a Jew, and the Amhara people are Christians; therefore, I can say anything good about my tribe because the Amhara tribe are the ones who kept Ethiopia united for centuries, and when I say they are distinguished, I don’t mean in color but in their contributions to their country, in keeping their culture, their tradition, their faith, and their education intact and passing them on to the next generation; however, in color, they are blacks like the rest of the other Ethiopian tribes. What distinguishes them from the other tribes is that the liturgy is theirs, the Kine is theirs, the digua is theirs, the Old and the New Testaments Tirguims are theirs, the old and the modern art of painting is theirs, composing and writing are theirs, and so many good things are theirs. All these distinguishing marks are theirs, no body else’s. Do you understand? Can I write you in Geez language or in Amharic or in Tigrigna? I don’t think you can understand any one of them. Let me just communicate with you in English language even though you have a hard time to express you self in this beautiful language of the English language.

    For insulting Christianity and its founder, Jesus Charest, you are insulting the American people, a Christian nation, and for such uncircumcised behavior of yours, you are the one to be in court or be deported to where you came and be sent to Qaliti jail and stay there for the rest of your life.

    Concerning Jesus’ deity and his equality with God the Father, I have written extensively in my previous comments, and I want you to go back and read them carefully, swallow them, digest them, and don’t throw them up but keep them forever in your heart.

    You have said that Jesus Christ is a false prophet like your fake Muhammad, the rapist, the terrorist, and the Jihadist, and for such unpardonable sin that you have committed, you will be accountable if not in this earthly court but at least in the heavenly one when you and your fellow Jews and Muhammadans stand in front of the true Judge, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In his final word, the Lord Jesus Christ, after he has thoroughly examined you and found out you are guilty in denying and insulting him, he will send you to your everlasting destiny – Gahanem. So, repent and come back to Jesus Christ, our savior; the Torah and the Talmud will never help you to get out of hell, but the Christian holy Bible will.

    Sincerely,

    Assta B. Gettu

  12. Ethiopian Jew
    | #12

    TO ASTA BEREKET GETTU:

    Thank you for whatever spelling/gramatical errors you have corrected me since I am not debating language proficency but religion. In religion too, I decidedly declined to debate with you because your Christian religion, which we the Jew preceived as the religion of the Pagan, is not worthy of debate since neither it yield knowledge nor a walking light to the Heavely Father.

    RETURN TO GOD AND WORSHIP HIM ONLY FOR OTHERWISE, YOUR FATE IS NO MORE DIFFERENT THAT JESUS HIMSELF AND HIS DISCIPLES.

    IF YOU WANT RELIGIOUS STUDY ON JESUS FROM OTHER PRESPECTIVE,VISIT http://WWW.JESUSPOLICE.COM AND SPENT YOUR TIME THERE RATHER THAN HARASSING OTHER FAITHS WHO DOESNOT ACCEPT AND/OR SHARE YOUR MAN MADE RELIGION OF CONSTANTINE.

    And finally let me tell you how you lost your mind when you said Mohammed is the Jewish prophet. That is why the other person said to you on EthioBlog on08/04/09 at 15:01am “this man should have been an escapee of some mental institution”. The comment sounds true in view of character as a religious fanatic, adventurist, shallow and worthless.

  13. Assta B. Gettu
    | #13

    Earthly Jeruslam mistakenly identified with heavenly Jerusalem

    The real Promised Land, the eternal one, is the heavenly Jerusalem that Isaiah the prophet prophesied long time ago about, saying: “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.” (65:17) Later on, the Apostle John witnesses that he has seen the heavenly Jerusalem: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a pride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (Revelation 21:1-2)

    The Ethiopian Black Jews’ dream and longing for the earthly Jerusalem where the prophets, the Apostles, and many other kings and princess suffered a great deal and, finally, where Jesus Christ, the God of the universe, was crucified by the lawless Jews, is a hopeless dream and a desperate longing.

    Most of the Ethiopian Black Jews, like Ato Ayeli, have been in this earthly promised land of the Jewish state or the Palestinian land for quite some times and have realized that this Palestinian or Jewish land is not in fact the genuine promised land after they have witnessed that 53 percent of the Jewish employers preferred to hire European whit Jews to Ethiopian Black Jews and such attitude of the European white Jews toward the Ethiopian Black Jews clearly shows that most of the Jewish society in the land of the Jews totally reject Blackness, the dominant and beautiful color of the Ethiopian Black Jews if not the naturally and educationally developed intelligence of the Ethiopian Black Jews. Ato Ayeli, however, desperately wishes: “’We want to be fully belong to Israeli society which often rejects us.’

    Real people in a real promised land reject nobody as far as those people are entitled to be in the Promised Land. When the European white Jews reject the Ethiopian Black Jews as if they were not the descendants of Abraham, when they reject them from getting employment opportunities, when they reject the Ethiopian Black Jews’ children from playing with the white Jewish European children, when they reject an Ethiopian Black woman from riding a public buss with the other white Jewish women and men, and when they reject the Ethiopian Black Jews from worshiping the Jewish God together with the White European Jews in a white European Jewish synagogue, there is something fundamentally wrong with most of the European white Jews that tells the Ethiopian Black Jews in the Jewish land that the promised land of this earthly Jerusalem is not a land that produces milk and honey; rather, it is a land that produces discrimination, hatred, rejection, conflict, greediness for land, and deep abhorrence for the Ethiopian Black Jews. Therefore, my advice to you, Ato Ayeli, is to get out of this Jewish land, full of human blood, and immigrate to the United States and join the over five million American Jews and enjoy the American freedom, and you will realize that the concept of a land that produces milk and honey is only in America, not anywhere else.

    To those Ethiopian Jews who are still in Ethiopia and want to get out of their native country because of discrimination against them, I would tell them to stay in Ethiopia because the time of Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi) and his wife Jezebel has come to an end, and Ethiopia is going to have, for the first time, a democratically elected government that treats all citizens of Ethiopia the same without gender, race, color, and religion.
    Nevertheless, complaining that European white Jews discriminate the Ethiopian Black Jews and at the same time bragging that ‘Living’ here in Jerusalem ‘is an exceptional opportunity’ is having a wavering mind, Ato Ayeli. Your dream and your prayer to get out of Ethiopia and live in Jerusalem has been fulfilled, but what you have not pray for is the suffering, the joblessness, the discrimination and the rejection by the white European Jews that you are facing every day.

    Unfortunately, that is what you get from man-made earthly Jerusalem that you have been expecting milk and honey; it is indeed a bad luck to expect such nourishments from this desert land – the land of the Jews. You have come to Jerusalem to fulfill your dream, but you have ended up in serving in the Jewish army to defend a country that has rejected you because you are tikur (black). The European white Jews want you to fight against the Palestinians whose land and property have been taken illegally by the new comers, and you want to be part of this bloody history of the Jews.

    The name “Ethiopia,” whether you do good or bad, will remain with you engraved in your heart with green, yellow, and red ink and you should not denigrate that precious name by mixing it with the names of some of the bigot Jews. We know the Jews of the land of Israel do not recognize your Ethiopian Jewishness unless you change your name, your culture, your tradition, and generally your way of life to the ways of the European white Jews, and even you fulfill all of their wishes, still they will reject you because of your color, your language, and the way you pray to God and perform your sigdet. Then, finally, you will realize that the Jewish earthly Jerusalem is not the Jerusalem that the Apostle John saw in the Book of Revelation, and you will force yourself to read the Christian Holy Bible and to see the real New Jerusalem, and you will forget this earthly Jerusalem that cost you your precious families in the Sudanese desert. As you linger staying in this Jewish or Palestinian land, you may forget your mother land – Ethiopia; therefore, come back to Ethiopia and live with your own people and die in the soil of your father land.

  14. Assta B. Gettu
    | #14

    Mr. Ethiopian Jew or B. A. Kassa,

    I am not really concerned about spelling or about English mechanics, but at the present time, what I’m concerned about is about losing you to the Jewish faith; it seems your father was a devoted Christian since you have given me a hint that he was buried in a Christian Church at Atatamimichael. Did he die after your conversion from Christianity to another foreign faith – Judaism – or before your new found faith? I’m very sorry that he died before he saw the success of his son here in America as a lawyer. On the other hand, since we all die, I’m glad he passed away believing in, and worshiping, Jesus Christ, the true God, and that he was buried in Ethiopia, the land of Christianity, and especially in Gondar, a historical place, and the home of distinguished people, the Amhara tribe. I wish you would reveal to me your identity so that we can openly discuss about the bad conditions of our people in Ethiopia under a tribal government and try to find a solution to the problem our people are facing every day without putting aside our lovely religious discussion.

    By the way, I have never ever said that Muhammad was the Jewish prophet, and I would like to know where you got that notion; in fact, I have repeatedly denounced him as a false prophet who claims that he is John the Baptist and that his followers attribute Deuteronomy 18:18 to Muhammad, but we Christians believe that Moses was talking about the coming of Jesus Christ, not Muhammad.

    Believe it or not, Muhammad was a murderer who slaughtered thousands of Jews in Mecca, and he founded Islam by subjugating or forcing people to accept his moon-god allah. His Quran 4:90 says: “If they turn back from Islam, becoming renegades, seize them and kill them wherever you find them,” and when the Jews resisted accepting his faith, he slaughtered them, but Jesus never forced anyone to accept Christianity.

    To you, I may seem pugnacious and all the other descriptions you gave me, but to many others whom I decline to put their names here, I am a gentle, humble, down to earth person, and yet firm in what I believe and consistent in studying the Scriptures and sharing them with other people, Christians or Muslims or Jews.

    I went through http://WWW.JESUSPOLICE.COM you gave me, and I found it very informative about Mary Magdalene and other Christian figures. Keep up informing me whenever you come across a new idea about the New and the Old Testament and find something what to do about our government in Ethiopia.

  15. ANONYMOUS
    | #15

    TO ASSTA BEREKET GETTU:

    Declined to communicate with you, and my pen name has been changed effective immediately. And remember: Mohammed is not my prophet as you suggested to me in your rude comment at comment no.11 of last paragraph. Good by. Ethiopian Jew.

  16. Assta B. Gettu
    | #16

    My dear Anonymou,

    I will miss you greatly, and I’m very sorry if I have hurt your feelings abut your new religion – Judaism – and your people, the Amhara. When you said that Islam is a true religion, then I assumed that Muhammad was a true prophet in your faith; therefore, your prophet. Now, however, I understand he is not your prophet, and that makes me happy, because I know that Muhammed was a deceiver, killer, adulterous, rapist, and a messenger of our arch enemy, the devil.

    Goodbye and have a prosperous life in this great country of the United States of America, and please, don’t stop helping those poor Ethiopians who are unable to pay their legal fees, but don’t brag about your good charity.

    May the Lord Jesus Christ, the creator of heaven and earth be with you and forgive your sins for denying his equality with the Almighty God, the only Father of Jesus Christ, and my the Holy Spirit sanctify your soul and the souls of all the unbelievers and bring them back to the true faith in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

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