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Ethiopians protest against Israeli racism

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2452

Thousands of Jewish Africans protested against racism and police brutality in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Thursday and Sunday of last week.

The protests broke out after the release of video footage showing police beating an Israeli soldier of Ethiopian descent.

Thousands of protesters blocked a major road in Tel Aviv during last Sunday’s protest.

Police attacked protesters in both cities with shock grenades, water cannon and tear gas.

Racism is integral to Israeli society. 

It is mainly used to oppress Palestinians living inside Israel, as well as East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

But that racism is also directed at Jewish Africans and migrants living in Israel.

Tens of thousands of Jewish Ethiopians fleeing famine and war were airlifted into Israel in 1984 and 1991.

But the 135,500 Ethiopians living in Israel today face racism and discrimination.

This has been exacerbated by racism whipped up by Israeli politicians against non-Jewish African refugees seeking asylum in Israel.

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