Hundreds of Mizo and Manipuri Jews to settle in Israel
28 October 2013: A total of 899 people from Mizoram and Manipur states of India, who claim to be descendants of one of the lost Jewish tribes, are to immigrate to Israel.
The Israeli cabinet agreed that they would be allowed to come to their ‘Promised Land’ in different batches, with the first being expected before the end of 2013.
Michael Freund, Founder and Chairman of the Shavei Israel Organization that assists for the immigration, was quoted as saying that the first batch would include 200 people, the second 400 next year and the third 300 in 2015.
The new immigrating group will be an addition to some 2,000 members of the Bnei Menashe from the two northeast Indian states, who already live in Israel.
Earlier this year, nearly 300 Bnei Menashe members arrived in Israel.
Resettling from India to Sderot, less than a mile from the Palestinian city of Gaza, in 2007, Lhundgim was quoted as saying that immigration to Israel was the fulfillment of a biblical promise; explosions were but a minor nuisance.
According to the Haaretz news, another 5,000 Bnei Menashe members from India are waiting to immigrate to Israel.#