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Israel’s “Red Cross” Rejects Blood From Ethiopia Born Lawmaker

AFRICANGLOBE - "Under health ministry directives, we are unable to accept blood from donors of Ethiopian Jewish origin," the health official is heard to say as he spurns the donation. The refusal of Israel's equivalent of the Red Cross to accept blood from an Ethiopian Jewish lawmaker sparked demands on Wednesday for a review of guidelines seen as deeply discriminatory.

First Female Ethiopian Jew Elected To Israeli Parliament

AFRICANGLOBE - A female Ethiopian Jew, Pnina Tamano-Shata, was elected to Knesset yesterday as number 14 on the Yesh Atid Knesset list. She is the first Ethiopian woman to be elected to serve in the Knesset. Tamano-Shata – immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia when she was three-years-old – is an attorney. She has also worked as a reporter for Israel's Channel 1 News.