'This Is Our Home': Black Hebrew Israelites in Shock After Israel Announces Deportation Plan

The African-American group first came to Israel in the late 1960s, but now about 100 of them may have to return to the United States. 'It’s no secret that those most opposed to us being here are the ultra-Orthodox,' a community leader tells Haaretz

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A young member of the Hebrew Israelite community in Dimona holding the deportation letter from the government.
A young member of the Hebrew Israelite community in Dimona holding the deportation letter from the government. Credit: Eliahu Hershkovitz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

Zakiya Nyasuman was 26 years old when she left her home in Kentucky and arrived in the southern desert town of Dimona 27 years ago. Her three children were all born in Israel.

Last Thursday, she was notified that they had 60 days to leave the country.

“I haven’t been back in the U.S. since I left, and my kids don’t know anywhere else,” says the 53-year-old single mom. “They’ve never left this country. This is our home.”

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