Israel likely to admit over 7000 Indian Jews from Mizoram, Manipur

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Dubai, Aug 22 (UNI) The 7232 members of the Bnei Menashe tribe from Mizoram and Manipur may be allowed to immigrate to Isarel, newspapers reported in Tel Aviv.

However, main newspapers like Jerusalem Post and Haaretz said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had not taken any final decision to give approval to bring the Indians who are considered as part of the lost tribes by Israel.

''Nothing happened,'' said a representative for the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday in response to a report in the Ma'ariv, because Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit ''hasn't agreed to anything yet, and the prime minister hasn't made any final decision.'' The Bnei Menashe, who live in the states of Mizoram and Manipur on the border with Myanmar (formerly Burma) claim to be descendants of a lost tribe of Israel. Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar recognised their status as ''descendants of Israel'' in 2005, and some 1,400 have already come to Israel aided by NGO Shavei Israel which has lobbied for years to bring them to Israel, Jerusalem Post said.

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