Ethiopian Israeli earns first medical degree

Currently doing his internship at a nearby hospital, he is due soon to start his military service as an Israel Defense Force physician. He wants to specialize either in internal medicine or surgery.

Yitzhak arrived here alone three weeks before the famous Operation Solomon that brought 15,000 Ethiopian Jews in a mass airlift.

After graduating with honors from a public high school in Ethiopia's capital, he went to university. Friends "dared" him to apply to medical school.

"I took the tests and did well. After getting into it, I fell in love with medicine, and I studied there for three and a half years," he recalled.

"There is always some racism, but it comes from people who don't know you. At first, I felt hurt. I took it personally," he said. "I was determined not to let it bother me."