Operation Solomon took place 24 years ago today. Over 14,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel.

The NYTimes reported that day:

“At the airport this morning, it was difficult to tell who was more joyful – the barefoot Ethiopians who cheered, ululated and bent down to kiss the tarmac as they stepped off the planes, or the Israelis who watched them aglow, marveling at this powerful image showing that their state still holds appeal, even with all its problems.

"We’ve stood up to our obligation and completed the operation bringing all the Jews,” Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir declared tonight. “It gives us a feeling of strength.”

We LOVE Israel offering refuge to Jews across the world!

The Israel Project


Regreening Ethiopia’s Highlands: A New Hope for Africa

“ This World Bank/TerrAfrica documentary showcases Ethiopia’s success in sustainable land and water management. It highlights how a landscape approach was used to manage land, water and forest resources to meet the goals of food security and inclusive green growth. The lessons drawn are relevant for other countries in the region and other parts of the world fighting land degradation and climate change issues. “


Also, nose chains are not exclusive to Indians only. 

 Above photo of Nyangatom woman of Ethiopia  wearing a nose chain.

 (@GodGazi, thank you for helping make this point clear also via Twitter)


the alien like landscape of the ethiopian dallol hydrothermal field - a vast area of uplifted thick salt deposits affected by intense fumarolic activity - is famous for being the only known volcanic area bellow sea level and for being both the hottest place on the planet - with average annual temperatures well above 30 degrees celsius - and the most colourful, with its pools of a hot sulfuric acid brine and ferrous multicolored salt deposits. 

photos by (click pic) dionys moser, pascal boegli and mario tellerini