My third blog post in as many days, discussing death in homicide or through negligent manslaughter in Israel connected to ethnicity.
Two days ago, I discussed men murdering their wives or girlfriends. For many years already, this happens in Israel with a frequency of two per month (population: 8 million; 3 per million per year). (In The US (where women kill husbands too in great numbers) the rate is about 2.8/m, y, in the UK 1.5, Australia 2.4/m, y.) Most couples in this trouble here have been or Gentile Arabs or New Immigrants. The ‘uptick’ in uxoricide now reported does not exist. The only news is that it coincidentally happened one after the other to a couple of long-term-Israeli Jewish women.
Yesterday, I wrote about men dying in construction work accidents in Israel. Most of them are foreign workers and Israeli Arab Gentiles.
Black Lives Matter
Today, I will address the recent killing of an Ethiopian Youth, shot by an Israeli policeman. These kinds of deaths are nowhere-near happening here at the same frequency as in the US, where so often White policemen killed Black men (Black Lives Matter). There are ‘only’ a few cases here but they are on top of mounting racism Ethiopian Jews are subjected to, day-to-day.
There was no racism against Ethiopian Jews to be seen, 20 years ago. What happened? Perhaps then, the quiet shy Ethiopian new immigrants still kept more to themselves, staying under the radar of racists. When I first met Ethiopian Jews, they were all the sweetest of the sweet. They still are, but now often with something bitter on top of it. And with good reasons.
Let’s review what the press reported about the most recent killing. Ethiopian activists, allies, family of the victim, and friends refuse to let this case end up in a cover-up or be reasoned-away. Why?
Two Conflicting Defenses Means no Defense
At first, when I first blogged about this killing, the policeman’s story was that he felt threatened and only fired at the ground. The killing bullet indeed was found and turned out to have been a ricochet. Many said: End of case. Too quickly! My questions at the time were: But why did he pull his gun on an Ethiopian Jew in the first place? They’re not known to attack police people unprovoked. Why should we believe his neat story trying to clear himself if so clearly there are holes in it (what angered the youths)?
Now the press reports that the officer says that he was running from the three youths, ‘wildly’ shooting behind him. What happened to his earlier story that he aimed at the ground? Aiming and wildly don’t go together.
I’m not legally schooled and not his judge but here we have a police officer who shot an Ethiopian youth and claims contradictory things on why he’s innocent. In both cases, he claimed he felt in danger. But now we know that the victim was as drunk as it gets and drugged. An active policeman cannot outrun a drunk? The choice is only between standing safely and shooting? It is police forbidden to run away to avoid harm to himself?
To Ignore ‘Race’ Can be Racist
One should not take someone’s ethnic background or skin color into account when that is irrelevant. That’s how children seek playmates. But that doesn’t include (how uncomfortable for Whites): always overlook race. White people should roundly acknowledge feeling uneasy about race. Non-Caucasians who’ve been around Caucasians just see our uneasiness like Jews see the anti-Semitism in Gentiles. Pretending that ‘we’re all the same’ pushes any racism problems toward non-Whites. ‘It’s your problem, you solve it.’ And if racism is anyone’s problem, it’s ours — to solve.
About this case, three things should be regarded with racism in mind.
One. You can’t consider the drunk Ethiopian youth without seeing that, when society rejects you for your roots, being drunk is not just a flee from responsibility and distress but also caused by racism. This was a good guy floored by society. If you ignore that, you’re strengthening racism.
Two. Why in the world did the officer pull out his gun? Ethiopian Jews have never attacked policemen unprovoked. (While we have seen cases of the opposite.) Isn’t that is the ultimate humiliation, to threaten to shoot someone? I have all (fire) power and you have nothing. Why was it necessary to escalate the situation like this? Who wouldn’t have been infuriated by that, especially when uninhibited by alcohol? Would he as easily have pulled a gun on a whiter youth? Statistics show he would not.
Three. The Police Investigations Department sent a letter to the parents of the boy defending (sic) the findings of the police ballistics department and the state’s forensics institute that the killing bullet was a ricochet. A letter? They sent a letter? Really? Are they scared of them? Or rather afraid of arguments against this technical bull? How insensitive and humiliating.
That’s how I understand the anger of Ethiopian Jews and friends. Just ignoring the race part of the story, makes it all come out racist.