Israel Failed Ethiopian Community, President Says

Israel Failed Ethiopian Community, President Says At Memorial
Israel has never accepted Ethiopians as Jews

AFRICANGLOBEIsrael did not do enough for Ethiopians making their way to Israel, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Sunday, admitting years of failings as the Ethiopian-Israeli community held a memorial for those who died while trying to reach the Jewish state.

The official memorial ceremony, also attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other dignitaries, came as Israel has wrangled with what some see as a history of institutionalized racism against the community that has recently bubbled to the surface in a series of protests.

“We didn’t see, we didn’t act correctly and we did not listen enough,” Rivlin said at the ceremony at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem.

“However, in addition to our need for criticism and recognizing [our wrongs], it is upon us to believe in our ability to correct,” the president added.

“The State of Israel cannot allow the best of its sons and daughters to feel they are disconnected and alienated,” he said.

Between 1979 and 1990 Israel organized several transports of Ethiopian Jews to Israel via Sudan. Hundreds or, by some estimates, thousands of people died on the trip from Ethiopia to the Sudanese camps from where they left to Israel.

However, many in the community say that upon reaching Israel, they were met with a country that did not do enough to integrate them into society.

A video of police beating a Black soldier for seemingly no reason that surfaced in late April set off a wave of protests, including one in Tel Aviv that turned violent, with dozens injured and arrested.

Another demonstration is scheduled for Monday in the city.

At the ceremony, Netanyahu, whose fourth government was sworn in Thursday, said he would form a special ministerial committee this week to address all issues of discrimination and racism.

“We will bring a comprehensive plan to the government to assist you in every way,” the prime minister said. “There is no room for racism and discrimination in our society, none.”

Netanyahu said that a meeting he had with community leaders earlier this month to discuss the issues was “emotional and moving.”

“We will turn racism into something contemptible and despicable. There are societies that have succeeded in rising above this filth.”

Following his meeting with the Ethiopian community two weeks ago, Netanyahu vowed to “fight racism and discrimination in any way possible.”

The prime minister also acknowledged the hardships the community faced making it to Israel.

“In Jerusalem we heard your cry,” Netanyahu said in his speech. “The whole nation heard it, and so did I.”


By: Judah Ari Gross


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  1. It was a set up from the start.,to find out who they were and how many are willing to relocate ,then start the extermination project….Kill them before they grow into a mighty nation……

  2. The last thing Africans should do is integrate. When you integrate in to someone else’s culture, you leave yours behind. I am not, nor ever have been an intergrationalist. That “dream” was some one else’s dream, I never subscribed to it. It was the worst thing that Africans in America did and look where it has got us. Separated from our true selves and confused about how to get it back.

  3. Netanyahu is nothing but an evil racist war criminal he isn’t going to do anything look at what they are doing to the Eritreans, Sudanese and South Sudanese? They are deporting them to other countries.

  4. Was that a few months back when Be Be rounded all the Ethiopians about, 500 plus and put them in jail until their Government come by Navy Ship to pick them all up a a court intervened (for real the spic and spam ) for the clean up ! You ain’t zooming me nor any of the other Arabic Nations in the region you have, 250 nuclear bombs plus the United States gave Iran a nuke back in the Shah of Iran days but this nut goes on T.V. playing like we will give Iran a nuclear bomb knowing that they all ready have one a present form uncle sam !

  5. The Ethiopian jews are Hebrew according of our bible those real jews.But European are not Hebrew they just practice judisum after Ethiopians practice judisum 3000 years ago.

  6. israel send so called rabbi’s to ethiopa so they can learn how to be JEWS now look at them ! did you know once ethiopan jews enter Israel or practice Judaism their require to be circumcise a 2nd time