From India to Israel: lost tribe looks to Holy Land

In India's remote north-eastern region of Mizoram, members of a 7,000-strong community that practises a traditional form of Judaism are preparing to emigrate to the Holy Land. They are part of one of the lost tribes of Israel: the Bnei Menashe.


Be aware, this documentary contains graphic images that can shock a sensitive audience.

This week, the team of Caring's magazine brings you to Mizoram, a remote north-eastern region of India, cornered between Burma and Bangladesh. There, a community of 7,000 has been practising a traditional form of Judaism since 1950. 

They have just been formally recognised by Israel's Chief Rabbi, who despatched a delegation of orthodox judges to help them emigrate to the Holy Land under the Law of Return, the Alya.

Hundreds have made the holy trip, but many initially settled in Gaza and the West Bank, which led critics to argue they were being politically exploited by right-wing groups. Others argue their conversion is more for economic rather than spiritual reasons.

Their immigration poses another problem concerning the country's demography. Can Israel, after two successive waves of Aliya's volunteers from Ethiopia and Eastern Europe, overcome a new mass coming of fidels?

France 24's correspondent Capucine Henry travelled to the region to investigate the last lost tribe of Israel.

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