Israeli Cabinet OKs plan to help Ethiopian immigrants

Israel’s Cabinet unanimously approved a plan to improve the absorption of Ethiopian immigrants into Israeli society.

The plan is designed to accelerate the integration process for second-generation members of the Ethiopian immigrant community into Israeli society and eradicate displays of racism against the community.

Under the plan, young Ethiopian couples can receive mortgages starting from $68,000 in 2013 and growing to $131,000 by 2016. In addition, the plan calls for assisting young Ethiopians in integrating into the labor market, including the establishment of special units for employment guidance.

A public information plan also will be formulated to deal with displays of racism and prejudice against the Ethiopian community. — jta