The goal of the protests last week was to transfer the murder investigation of Solomon Teka from the hands of the Israeli Police to the Israeli government.
The Ethiopian Jewish community is fed up with the degrading attitude of our government. Our community has protested in the past. We peacefully cried out about our pain and nothing changed. Government committees did not seek solutions, they only calmed symptoms.
Our protests spiraled out of control because the Ethiopian community has suffered injuries and the loss of a number of our boys this year. The police claim to be in danger and without means to neutralize the person standing in front of them. Is this truly the only way? An Israeli soldier cannot kill a terrorist without clear and present danger. We have all seen cases of military restraint in cases of rock throwing. Why is it okay to murder a civilian? Why can police officers hurt or kill Ethiopians while the public and government stand by silently? Why is this the Ethiopian community’s protest and not everyone’s protest?
How much more can be overlooked?
Blood donations from Ethiopians poured into the trash
Yosef Salmasa killed by a police officer
Solomon Teka killed by a police officer
An Ethiopian soldier killed by a police officer
People refusing to receive care from Ethiopian nurses
Bar Mengistu, a mentally ill Ethiopian who crossed the border into Gaza and the government does little to rescue him
We have experienced covert and overt discrimination for years. Enough is enough! No more!
This post was contributed with the assistance of Nishmat – The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women.
Find perspectives on this issue at The Times of Israel topic page for Ethiopian-Israeli Voices.