Yachad party leader Eli Yishai joins the critics following the report the Eida Chareidis had Ethiopian Barkan Winery employees reassigned from halachicaly sensitive positions since as the Eida explains, “their Jewishness is a subject of dispute among some”. Yishai explains that Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L regarded them as Jews.
Yishai used his Facebook page to get his message out, citing how Maran Rav Ovadia called for bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel during his, Yishai’s tenure as Minister of the Interior.
“I remember Maran how he worked to bring the Ethiopian Jews to Israel and his Psak Halacha that they are Jews for all intents and purposes,” Yishai said, and told a story in which Maran was anxious about signing the certificates approving the Ethiopian shochtim.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)