A number of Ethiopian Jews living in Israel allege they were forced to bribe the Jewish Agency and government officials in order to reunify their families. "This is high-level corruption from employees in the establishment, while senior officials closed their eyes."
Government And Jewish Agency Allegedly Took Bribes From Ethiopian Jews Desperate To Reunite Their Families
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A number of Ethiopian Jews living in Israel allege they were forced to bribe the Jewish Agency and government officials in order to reunify their families, Arutz Sheva reported based on a report on Israel’s Channel 2 News.
Eyal Palatak, an attorney representing the Ethiopian Jews, filed a formal complaint about the alleged bribes, including the name of at least one of the Jewish Agency and government officials who allegedly solicited and took them, with Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein. Weinstein reportedly ordered State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan with investigating the allegations.
"I am involved in the aliyah process of Ethiopian Jews, and as part of my involvement in this, I heard sad personal stories about governmental corruption connected to this aliyah. This corruption is reflected in, among other things, payment to Israeli representatives in both Israel and Ethiopia in order to expedite the arrival of these Jews to Israel,” Palatak wrote in his letter to Weinstein.
"To expose these difficult stories and to convince people who had to pay to testify on the subject, these should be granted protection and immunity," Palatak reportedly said. "If given protection, it will be easier to reveal these stories. This is high-level corruption from employees in the establishment, while senior officials closed their eyes. I expect the prosecution to conduct a full investigation to arrive at the truth."