Israel Honors Ethiopian Dead

Israelis commemorated the 4,000 people who died on their way from Ethiopia to Israel. The ceremony, held for the first time on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl, marked the 20th anniversary of Operation Moses, during which 8,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel after trekking across the desert. A monument will be completed by 2006. “It is my hope that this memorial site will become part of the education of all Israeli citizens so that they will know the cost of the journey to Israel,” Immigration Absorption Minister Tzipi Livni said.