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Barack Mandela
Attorney, Veteran, and Philosopher

Does Israel Need Black Only Colleges and Universities?

I am a financial donor and financial backer of Howard University located in Washington, DC. Howard is a historically black university which was established specifically to educate African Americans.

Howard University is an important black university in the United States located in Washington, DC.

The reason I became a financial bank roller of Howard University is because I want to empower black youth with high quality education and socio-economic power.

President Nelson Mandela once said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Mandela’s statement is correct and visionary. Our Jewish faith also values intellect, strong study habits, and education.

These black universities were created in the United States because ‘white’ universities refused to admit black students due to policies of racial segregation and racial separatism. Today, there are one hundred and one black universities in the United States.

In the state of Israel today there are approximately 160,000 Ethiopian Israelis. Therefore, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should lead an effort to establish black universities in Israel exclusively designed to educate Ethiopian Israelis.

Some Ethiopian Israelis, who must overcome discrimination and racism, have special needs which can be addressed at black universities. For example, black universities would be able to teach classes utilizing the Ethiopian language Amharic to facilitate Ethiopian integration within Israel.

The Israeli Knesset should establish the Committee for Universities for Ethiopian Israelis to prepare a government-backed budget to establish black colleges and universities in Israel. I call for a five hundred million dollar initial budget for this vital initiative. Some of the financial backing would come from corporate investment and foreign aide.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,  University of Tel Aviv. University of Haifa, Ben Gurion University, and Bar Ilan University should each ‘sponsor’ one of these new black universities. This sponsorship would ensure the success of these educational enterprise zones.

These black universities in Israel should focus on teaching high tech subjects such as computer programming and coding so that Ethiopian Israelis will be empowered to succeed in Israel’s multi-billion dollar high tech industry. The goal is for Ethiopian Israelis to work in companies such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

The state of Israel was established to be a nation based upon principles of fundamental fairness, socio-economic equality, equal justice under law, and equal opportunity.

The establishment of black universities in Israel would be an important development in the empowerment of Ethiopian Israelis.

Let us stand together with Ethiopian Israelis. By standing together, no one stands alone.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of the United States Air Force, United States Army, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias. I am a member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and I am a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
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