Sitting in a leaky, flyblown hut, a few dozen Ethiopian villagers are anxiously waiting to be transported to another world.
They have just been given word that their years of waiting are over, and that soon they will make a 2,000-mile journey by land and air with what is probably the last wave of Ethiopian immigrants to Israel.
In doing so, they join generations of Jews who have immigrated to the Promised Land. But they are flying into the teeth of a dilemma that touches the heart of Israel's founding philosophy.
Israel is by its very nature a racist society. Not only do they openly discriminate against Arabs and the Palestinians, but each subset of Jews is hostile towards the others. My first wife's family were Ashkenazi and some of the most racist people I ever met, even towards other non-Ashkenazim Jews!
It is not a surprise that despite the overt policy of allowing all Jews equal permission to migrate to Israel, that some Jews will be seen as more equal than others.