A contestant in the upcoming Israel Independence Day Bible quiz who is currently visiting Israel from Ethiopia was granted residency status and given an Israeli identification card Monday, after the Interior Ministry backtracked on demands the teen leave the country following the quiz. At a small ceremony in the Interior Ministry’s central office in Jerusalem on Monday, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) gave eighteen-year-old Sintayehu Shaparou his new Israeli identification card, granting him resident status in Israel. “Sintayehu came to Israel to compete in the world Bible quiz on Independence Day, and his teacher, Rafael Miyuhas, told me about his great knowledge of the Bible,” Deri said at the ceremony Monday morning. I felt deeply about his situation, so I decided to give him residence status in Israel and a temporary identity card. Sintayehu teaches Bible in the afternoon and leads a study group for girls which deals with women in the Bible.
Source: Ethiopian News April 16, 2018 09:00 UTC