Ethiopian Israelis Raise $9M to Protect Graves

In recent years, Israel’s Ethiopian community has raised more than $9 million from its members to protect the 200 Jewish cemeteries in Ethiopia.

Over the past six years, 32 cemeteries have been desecrated by locals.

“The local residents believe that Jews’ bones can heal medical ailments and bring good luck, so they even trade them,” said Warteo Shai Sisa, chair of the forum of Ethiopian Jews for cemetery preservation.

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