Friday, March 02, 2007

From Falasha to Freedom by Shmuel Yilma

I have to say that the book seems like it was yritten for teens. However, it is an extreemly interesting book on many levels. I wanted to put down the book and complette Planet India. However, I was drawn into the story and could not put down the book.

The book opens with a description of Jewish life in Eithiopia. Jews lived mostly in the Gondar area, but also in the Tigre region where the author lived. The Jews lived seperately due to historic persecution but there was commerce between people of different faiths.

The book is very critical of the Mengistu regime and for good reason, it was brutal.
Jewish agencies in the West sent aid to to their bretheren in Eithiopia. The author's Uncle started a Hebrew school in the region and was imprisoned by the Commies for having Zionist sympathies. Despite the protestation of poultry anti-semitism seems to be a universal Communist hang up. The Uncle escapes prison with the aid of in laws and makes a near impossible journey to Sudan crossing desserts loaded with bandits, rebels and wild beasts.

The Uncle makes it to Khartoum and contacts the Jewish agencies. The agencies place him in contact with some American Jewish agencies running an Underground Road. The Uncle becomes a leader of this Underground Railroad and sends a messenger to his family that he is alive and well in Sudan and that transport is waiting for them.
Unexpectedly his ancient mother decides to be the first group to make the trip.
The groups seem to go on foot from Jewish village to the next Jewish village and then into Sudan. In Sudan they are given plane tickets to Athens and then from Athens to Jerusalem.

The story moves into the next phase where the kids were treased and sometimes attacked. However, after two years of idiocy they were accepted. The author's father
did suffer in an industrial accident.

The end of the book has the author and some of his peers returning to Eithiopia. They encounter only one Jewish family still remaining. They never do get to see the Lost Ark that is allegedly in a Christian monastery.

On a human level Jewish people have turned the quest for Jerusalem into something with almost Utopian overtones. However, any persecuted people will tend to do this. On a human level the story of Exodus has been co-opted by Black American Slaves, Maori and some claim Native Americans. Much as in life there is no Utopia or Eden and life in Israel has its own set of challenges.

Do note that while the Eithiopians have a nostalgia for their villages, they do not seek to return home. The term Falasha is considered a slur akin to foreign landless peasant. The Eithiopians are no longer foreigners and they have found their natural home.

It is a very entertaining book and inspirational on a human level. The book has two drawbacks on of them being it is very short. Some of us also will not read what appears to be a young adult book. If you can find the book and you do not mind those obstacles it is a very interesting experience on many levels.

Beamish in 08

11 comments:

Farmer John said...

Who is the villain in the book? Any Eritrean's and/or Yemeni's?

beakerkin said...

The author is brutal and likely with good reason on the Mengistu regime. They fear capture by Mengistu regime until in Sudan. In Sudan they pretend they are migrant workers. The Civil war was in the south.

Yemenites are not mentioned at all.
The Eritreans were in a different part of the country. The author has a very favorable opinion on the Tigrayan rebels.

It is noted that Mengistu has the same Communist obsession with Zionism that seems a staple of their dementia.

Farmer John said...

Funny how as soon as the USSR's money & arms stopped flowing, the Mengistu's regime collapsed. Course some might say that this was one of the early "jihadi-type" movement victories...an old alternative political structure replacing a failed Marxist one... (tribal confederacy unified by religion vs national centrally controlled and policed communist or democratic government?.

beakerkin said...

The Duck also has a severe blind spot about Cuban troops in Eithiopia. He seems to have this excuse factory for Cuba.

He also seems to think Cuban mercenaries in Angola faced South Africa. They faced Jonas Savimbi and UNITA and unarmed civilians, but the Duck has excuses by the crate.

kuhnkat said...

Beakerkin stated:

"...but the Duck has excuses by the crate."

The Ducktard IS an excuse!! For what I am unsure!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Mr. Ducky said...

Farmer, so what?

Did that bring prosperity to Africa?

Surely you don't suggest that the mischief their was the responsibility of only on government?

Funny how the apartheid South African government got driven out of Namibia once they stopped getting money from Beak's kahanist butt buddies. Now, where has the name calling got us?

Please, I except some depth from you not the blather that usually permeates this comedy site.

beakerkin said...

Funy how someone who claims they are a " Democratic Socialist" needs to stick up for Cuba. As far as namibia it was of no genuine importance to the South Africans.

The South Africa Israel cannard is one commies like the Duck like to play up. They fail to mention there were many countries that were larger economic exporters than Israel.

The Duck still has no explanation for what Cuban mercenaries were doing intervening in Civil wars. We also hear nothing about Cubans aiding Communist rebels.

We also hear Ducky praise the Cuban health care system that treated homosexuality as a mental disorder and created Gulag lite for AIDS patients.

Farmer John said...

The Marxists certainly brought no prosperity to Africa (colonialism did a much better job), and I think the tribal-Islamic-like structure that has largely replaced Marxism in Yemen and Sudan is probably exactly what was needed in many parts of Arabia and Africa at this point (like Somalia and the ICU). My problem is that although "Islam" appears to be ideal for nation-building and establishing strict order out of chaos/war, it is also a parasitic military state that creates chaos and preys on any other tribe or state that borders it (ie - Darfur). Since it is NOT centrally controlled, it is much more difficult to contain.

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kuhnkat said...

Duckshit,

funny how there are more robberies, rapes and murders of the poor BLACK south africans now that the COMMIE LEFTARDS are running things ain't it??

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

You Pathetic MORON!!!!