Israel Prime Minister, President Address Ethiopia Protesters

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By: JNS.org Israel (read also Why Ethiopian israelis protest)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that the violent protests that have erupted in Israel in recent days by Ethiopian Israelis protesting against racism and discrimination have “exposed an open, bleeding wound in the heart of Israeli society.”

In clashes between thousands of demonstrators and police forces in Tel Aviv, protesters hurled stones and bottles at police officers, overturned a police vehicle, and forced the shutdown of a highway. Police responded with tear gas and water cannons. More than 60 people have been wounded and 40 arrested, according to the Associated Press.

Rivlin acknowledged the grievances of the Ethiopian Israeli community, which numbers about 120,000 people and whose members began immigrating to Israel 30 years ago, and said Israel was seeing “the pain of a community crying out over a sense of discrimination, racism, and of being unanswered.”

“We must look directly at this open wound. We have erred. We didn’t look, and we didn’t listen enough,” he said. “We aren’t strangers to one another, we are brothers, and we must not deteriorate into a place we will all regret.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there is “no room for violence and disturbances like these,” but also met with representatives from the Ethiopian community and with Israel Defense Forces soldier Damas Pakada, who was beaten by two police officers in an incident that was caught on film, in order to foster dialogue about the issue and calm tensions. The incident with Pakada is being compared to how the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore sparked protests in that city.

Netanyahu also met with Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, and representatives of Israel’s Public Security, Social Affairs and Social Services, Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Interior ministries.

“I unequivocally condemn the beating of the soldier from the Ethiopian community and those responsible will be brought to justice, but nobody has the right to take the law into their own hands,” Netanyahu said last week. “Immigrants from Ethiopia and their families are dear to us, and Israel is making great efforts to ease their integration into society.”

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5 Responses to Israel Prime Minister, President Address Ethiopia Protesters

  1. Abebe Reply

    May 5, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    WE WILL NEVER SUPPORT ISREAL AGAIN.

    Isrealy proven themselves to the world that they are racist and violent toward Christians, muslims and the black race in general.

  2. Namaga Reply

    May 5, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    “….we must not deteriorate into a place we will all regret.”
    Well said. Ethiopians should listen to the President. The police restricted a certain area and the soldier parked his bicycle. I would assume he did not know. The police wanted to move the bicycle away from the restricted area but the soldier resisted. They used force. He fought back. He was finally subdued and charged with defying police order and resisting arrest. This is the actual fact contained in the video available on this forum.
    By mis-reading this single event and sensationalizing it as racist will only anger the larger society that is falsely accused of the immorality of racism.
    This is the society that has given them free immigration to Israel, housed them, fed them, healed them, educated them and created jobs for them. Given them business grants and loans.

    An Ethiopian born young girl is Miss Israel. A number of Ethiopian born Israelis are members of the parliament of Israel called Kneset, some are high ranking government officials, and Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia in Addis Abeba is an Ethiopia born women.

    Isarel also finances a secondary school in Gondar for those who are already Jewish or who want to convert to Jewsishism.

  3. Kelemu Getachew Reply

    May 6, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    The Isrealy Ethiopians should abandon racist and discriminatory Isreal government, come to America and Canada apply for political asylum, they will be automatically accepted as protected class according to universal united nations declaration of human right charters.

  4. Namaga Reply

    May 7, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Israeli Ethiopians want Israel to help them overthrow Ethiopian government. To this end, they named their political organization, “Israel Save Ethiopia”. If they believed Israel was racist, why would name their political organization Israel Save Ethiopia. They are there to kill Palestinians and take Palestinian lands. Just the same they took Oromo, southeast and southwest Ethiopian tribes lands.
    Robbers. I am glad they suffer.

  5. GUEST Reply

    May 7, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    NAMAGA SAIED:

    “This is the society that has given them free immigration to Israel, housed them, fed them, healed them, educated them and created jobs for them. Given them business grants and loans.”

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?ARE THEY NOT THE SON OF ABRAHAM?ARE THEY ONLY GUEST OF BELOVED LAND?IF SO;WELL THAT IS SOMTHING NEW.OTHERWISE I SEE NOTHING THEY GOT MORE THAN THE REST OF ISRAILIS.BUT THEY LOST THEIR FREEDOM WHICH WAS GIVEN FROM GOD.

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