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Bnei Menashe’s march in Aizawl, Mizoram. (Photo: Shavei Israel.)

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In a poignant demonstration of support, hundreds of members from the Bnei Menashe community in northeastern India, claiming descent from a “lost tribe” of Israel, gathered in Aizawl, Mizoram, to express solidarity with the state of Israel as it commemorates 100 days since the war in Gaza began.

During the gathering, the community marched through the streets of Aizawl, proudly waving Israeli flags and passionately calling on the Israeli government to permit them to make Aliyah (immigrate to Israel) immediately. Their aspiration is to join the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and stand alongside other Israeli soldiers, whom they refer to as “our brothers and sisters.”

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Shavei Israel, a Jerusalem-based nonprofit organization advocating for the Aliyah of the Bnei Menashe for over two decades, reported that 75 members from the community, who previously made Aliyah from northeastern India, are actively serving as soldiers in the IDF, engaging in the fight against Hamas and Hezbollah. An additional 140 members have been called up for reserve duty.

Among Bnei Menashe immigrants of military age, nearly all men (99%) and 10% of women join the IDF, with 90% of females participating in sherut leumi, national service for religious reasons, according to the organization.

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Michael Freund, founder and chairman of Shavei Israel, expressed pride in the dedication and passion of the Bnei Menashe community, stating, “The Bnei Menashe are dedicated Zionists and passionate about the State of Israel, its people, and their security. It is no coincidence that so many of them serve in combat units in the IDF, and we are proud of their willingness to risk their lives alongside other Israeli soldiers to defend the Land and people of Israel.”

Since the outbreak of the recent conflict, Shavei Israel has received numerous requests from young community members in northeastern India expressing their desire to make Aliyah immediately. Freund emphasized that they are not only eager to return to Israel but also wish to join the IDF promptly to fight shoulder to shoulder with their Israeli counterparts.

Shavei Israel has facilitated the Aliyah of over 5,000 Bnei Menashe members and continues to work toward helping more around 5,000 Bnei Menashe members who are eagerly awaiting their opportunity to return to the Jewish homeland. (Photo: Shavei Israel.)

The Bnei Menashe, also known as the sons of Manasseh, claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, exiled by the Assyrian Empire over 27 centuries ago. Throughout their centuries-long sojourn in Central Asia and the Far East before settling in northeastern India, the Bnei Menashe maintained Jewish practices, including observing Shabbat, keeping kosher, and adhering to the laws of family purity. The dream of returning to the Land of Israel persisted through the generations.

Shavei Israel has facilitated the Aliyah of over 5,000 Bnei Menashe members and continues to work toward helping more of the community return to Israel. Presently, around 5,000 Bnei Menashe members are eagerly awaiting their opportunity to return to the Jewish homeland.

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