Refugees Transplanted in Time

As more Ethiopian Jews flood into Israel, those who arrived earlier have learned to like suburbia. But all that noise!

Shoshana Nadou plummeted into the modern world in 1984, when she and 7,500 other Jews from remote villages in Ethiopia were secretly airlifted to Israel. "Everything looked so new and scary," she says. "One old woman smashed a television with a broom when she saw a picture of a fire." Now Nadou, 21, is firmly entrenched in the Israeli middle class. She and her husband Eyal, a construction worker, own a three-room apartment in the coastal city of Ashdod. Two of her brothers are in the Israeli army, and another recently graduated from college. "We've been transformed into Israelis," she says...

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