'Lost' Indian Jews return to Israel

2012-12-24 18:00
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Jerusalem - Dozens of Jews who claim to be the descendants of a lost biblical Jewish tribe have immigrated to Israel from their village in north-eastern India.

The Bnei Menashe say they are descended from Jews banished from ancient Israel to India in the eighth century BC

An Israeli chief rabbi recognised them as a lost tribe in 2005 and about 1 700 moved to Israel before the government stopped giving them visas.

Israel recently reversed that policy, agreeing to let the remaining 7 200 Bnei Menashe immigrate. Fifty-three arrived on Monday.

Michael Freund, an Israel-based activist on their behalf, says nearly 300 others will arrive in the coming weeks.

Lhing Lenchonz, 26, arrived with her husband and 8-month-old daughter.

She said that "after waiting for thousands of years, our dream came true."

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