Mizos shocked over the ban of entry into Israel
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Guwahati, July 2: The Mizos who claim themselves to be the decedent of Jews of Israel have expressed shock and anguish over the report that Israeli Interior Ministry would ban the entry of Indian Jews from the Northeastern states of Manipur and Mizoram.
Lalchhanhima Sailo, the president of Chhinlung Israel People Convention (CIPC) reacted sharply over the report and said "the report is simple hard to digest" for more than 2.5 lakh Jewes followers.
" We will confirm the matter by tomorrow after telephonic conversation with Ezra Chhuk Chhak, a person settled in Israel after migrated from Mizoram, the head of Bnet Menashes Community," Sailo said.
He said that Israel might try to serve India's interest only by hurting the Jews of the world.
"Israel's Constitution has a different background for lost tribes where it is mention clearly that it will work for its lost tribes and now they have to delete all those chapters if says that", he said.
Regarding aliyah (immigration), Sailo said that the term means coming back to Jewish land and immigration for Jews is strong.
Highlighting as how ill treatment was meted to Indian Jews Sailo admitted the fact that the immigrants were initially kept at carvan at Kues Kativ near Gaja Strip. In six months of they are staying at caravan where they used to learn Hebrew and about faith on Judaism.Every Jewish were accustomed with the sound of guns. The immigrants aged below 35 years were enrolled in Israel Defence Force.
According to Sailo a Mizo soldier, air force pilot of IDF even bombarded at an Iraqi nuclear reactor installation. He claimed that the organization is not keen to settle in Israel but keen for another sovereign Jewish country.
Northeasttribune.com carried the following story on Jews in Mizoram on June 27
Another country for Jews after Israeli
From Digjyoti Lahkar
Mizoram, June 27: Guns fell silent way back on June 30, 1986 with the signing of a peace accord by the Mizo National Front (MNF). That was the end of an armed struggle for an independent Mizoram led by rebel turned present State Chief Minister Zoramthanga.
But more than a decade after the peace accord Mizoram is still witnessing a silent movement for an independent state. Believers of such movement have touched 2.5 lakh in number. They are from Myanmar, Bangladesh, Tripura, and Manipur beside Mizoram.
These Mizos who claimed as the descendent of Hebrews and aiming to set up a second independent country in the world for Jews after Israel. The claim of a section of Mizo community of Mizoram, a tiny state consist of nine lakh population scattered in a huge area of 21,000 sq km in North East India as decedent of Israel was started way back of India's Independence. Even more than five thousand Mizo family one thousand from Mizoram had settled in Israel and the first migration started way back in 1973.
According to Mizo social thinkers till ninety the movement of originality have not come out in an organized way. But on July 7, 1994 a Delhi University returnee Lalchhanhima Sailo formed Chhinlung Israel People Convention (CIPC) to lead the movement.
Talking to this correspondent at his central headquarter Aizwal, Sailo said that they had already approached the United Nation through New Delhi based UN Information Centre and placed its claim on February 10, 1998. They have urged the UN to declare the area consisting part of Myanmmar, Chittagong of Bangladesh, Churachandpur, Chandel, Jiribam of Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram as Independent on the basis of the charter of decolonisation and self -determination of UNO.
Sailo said that Mizo were the lost tribe of Manasi Ephrain of Israel which crossed the Red Sea in 720 BC. They crossed Gajon river of Afghanistan and entered upper part of Jammu and Kashmir through which they went to China. He claimed that there was historic evidence that their forefather were participated in Great Wall of China and participated war for China emperor She Wang Ti.
Later on one group migrated to Japan and one towards western Myanmar. From Myanmar they have settled in Manipur, Mizoram,Tripura, Bangladesh and Mizoram.
Sailo said that during British regime they were called as Chin Kuki Lusai, which was never a part of British India and British Burma but originally they should be called as Chhin Lung Chhuak which mean man came out from cave.
He even claimed that Mizo have the song and rituals where it has similar with Hebrew as for example song of crossing Red Sea, Sacrification, Ekhat Adoni etc.
According to Sailo the Israeli government had already recognized them religious way but they would continue the struggle for Independence for a separate Jews Country through non-violence. Aizwal Township used to keep Israel's flag at the top of their houses besides roaming in motorbike with flag. Even these followers suspended to celebrate Israel's Independence Day on May 14. Even Beth Israel, a Christian faith has extended supports to these believers, sources said.
UNI carried the following story on July 1
Israel to freeze entry of Indian Jews
Jerusalem, July 1, 2003: Israeli Interior Ministry will freeze the entry of Indian Jews from the Northeastern states of Manipur and Mizoram, commonly known as Bnei Menashes, who come to Israel on tourist visas and then go under formal conversion here before making aliyah (immigration), Israel Radio reported.
The reason for the decision could not be ascertained yet but the community was recently under sharp focus after some members of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) raised the question over them being used for ''political purposes'' by settling them in the territories, close to the Palestinian areas, which have come under frequent terror attacks.
Some 800 of the 6,000 strong Jewish community of Northeastern India have immigrated to Israel in the last decade. They arrived here on tourist visas and underwent conversions to obtain full fledged Israeli citizenship.
Some of the experts of Judaism consider the group as one of the ten lost tribes of Jews.
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