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Ethiopian Israeli Jews sing before an agricultural parade celebrating Jerusalem, in downtown Jerusalem, Monday, May 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Ethiopian Israeli Jews sing before an agricultural parade celebrating Jerusalem, in downtown Jerusalem, Monday, May 30, 2011.

Ethiopian Jews at odds with Israel

January 1, 1970

Nearly three decades after Israel began airlifting Ethiopia's ancient Jewish community out of the Horn of Africa, Israel's rabbis are now working to phase out the community's white-turbaned clergy, the kessoch, whose unusual religious practices are at odds with the rabbinate's Orthodox Judaism.