Israeli Black-African Jews Complain Against Racism

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Ethiopians clash with police; 8 hurt
Sheera Claire Frenkel, THE JERUSALEM POST Nov. 6, 2006

What was meant to be a peaceful rally for Ethiopian rights turned violent Monday, when demonstrators clashed with police in front of the Health Ministry in Jerusalem, leaving 19 people injured.

More than 200 people gathered in front of the government compound to protest discrimination against Ethiopians. The boiling point, they said, was a recent decision by the Health Ministry to discard donated Ethiopian blood.

“We won’t allow our blood to be spilled like this. The Torah says that blood is the soul. How can this country treat us, fellow Jews, this way?” said Gadi Yabarken, one of the protest’s organizers. “We will not leave unless the prime minister agrees to meet with us.”

While Prime Minister Ehud Olmert refused to meet with the protesters, Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze’ev Boim met with a small group of their representatives and promised to approach Olmert to ask him to create a ministerial committee dedicated to the Ethiopian community. Boim also promised to work for the release the five activists who were arrested during the protest.

The only politician to address the protest was MK Ran Cohen (Meretz). “I feel your pain. A country that discriminates against Ethiopian Jews is a racist country,” said Cohen, who added that he would raise the issue in the Knesset plenum.
Demonstrators answered Cohen’s speech with shouts that they were “sick of the false promises” of politicians.

Yabarken said the government had not upheld any of its promises to advance Ethiopian rights or deal with problems such as raising the salaries of Ethiopian religious leaders to match other rabbis, expand Falash Mura immigration or increase affirmative-action programs.

“These problems have been building up for some time, but to find out that they will throw our blood away, for no reason other than racist discrimination, that is too much to bear,” Yabarken said.

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29 thoughts on “Israeli Black-African Jews Complain Against Racism”

  1. Jamil,

    That is very interesting what you learned about Ethiopia and its history. I did not know that they were Hebrews or even a part of the tribe of Dan. Many things are overlooked in the West and have not been taught to keep those here to feel inferior. It makes us feel incomplete and wanting to know our real history, where did we came from. Adam is a good start . His story is his stolen story, always trying to take the place of others . Time we all find out the truth . We all have one blood.

  2. What makes Christianity prolific is that it doesn’t include the race/bloodline conflict aspect. Everyone who follows it, is equal under the scripture (all things equal).

  3. Nothing to do with racism. In South Africa we threw away Thabo Mbeki’s blood (former president) because he didnt follow the protocols expected of blood donors. HIV and disease tests on blood have 99.9% accuracy. Ofcourse this means a few tainted samples slip through. so by throwing away blood from Congoloids, u increase the accuracy rate and hence fewer risks associated with blood transfuion in high risk areas/groups.
    Cant blame Israel for this.

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