Rav Amar: No Proof Bnei Menashe are Jewish
Ladaat.net, quoting the Shas weekly Yom Leyom quotes Sephardic Chief Rabbi Rav Shlomo Amar as saying, "Contrary to rumors in my name, the 'Bnei Menashe' are not Jewish without a proper conversion."
This seems to contradict a recent report from Arutz Sheva on the arrival of 51 Bnei Menashe to Israel:
Last year, at the initiative of the Jerusalem-based Shavei Israel organization, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar formally recognized the Bnei Menashe as "descendants of Israel," and later sent a rabbinical court to India to oversee their process of return to the Jewish people. The court formally converted 218 Bnei Menashe back to Judaism, including those who arrived in Israel this week. The remainder will be making Aliyah (immigrating) in the coming days, making it the largest group of Bnei Menashe ever to come to Israel at once. While ensuring the right of any Indian citizen to emigrate freely, and while recognizing the Bnei Menashe as Jews, Indian authorities expressed opposition to the mass conversion carried out in their territory.
Rav Amar continues to say, "There are a few rabbis who claim that there are proofs to their Jewishness. I examined the matter well, but I have not seen sufficient proof for this."