From North Charlestown to Kiryat Atta – Anti-police Demonstrations in Israel Too

  • Today in Israel Ethiopians are demonstrating against the shooting of a 19 year old Ethiopian boy.
  • Ethiopians have claimed discrimination for years.
  • Israel has a difficult job accommodating to Ethiopian immigrants since they are coming from a culture much different than modern Israeli society.

Israel is looking more like America each day.  Last week in Tel-Aviv 250,000 people marched in a parade for Gay Pride.  Abortion laws in Israel are similar to America. The two cultures are becoming one.  America and Donald Trump stand behind Israel in their cause of freedom and independence in a hostile environment of nations in the Middle East that seek to destroy them.  Israel has adopted the good of America that is democracy and human rights and the bad which is inner conflicts within the nations between minorities and law enforcement.

These events which have occurred this week in Israel displayed in this video are not from North Charleston, South Carolina but from the city of Kiryat Atta in Northern Israel.  In October 2018, a 50-year old black man named Walter Scott was shot in the back by a white police officer in North Charleston. This caused demonstrations against police violence.

In March 2018, 84 people were arrested in a protest against the police shooting of 22-year old Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man in Sacramento, California.

Solomon Tekah demonstrations.

Today in Israel, Ethiopians are demonstrating against the shooting of a 19-year old Ethiopian boy, Solomon Tekah, Sunday July 1 by an off duty policeman after the bullet that he shot at the ground bounced up and mortally wounded the teenager.  Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to demonstrate claiming discrimination against black Ethiopians.

One hundred and eleven Israeli policemen were injured controlling these demonstrations. One hundred and thirty eight protesters were arrested.  The protests took place in several cities in Israel.  Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan state, “We will not tolerate anarchy and we will not tolerate a major strike to the public order.” The police claimed that the off duty officer saw a group of people fighting and was attacked when he attempted to break up the fight.

In January, in another case that provoked uproar, 24-year old Yehuda Biagda, an Israeli Ethiopian suffering from mental illness, was shot and killed by policemen in self defense.

Ethiopian Jews in Israel are immigrants and descendants of the immigrants from the Beta Israel communities in Ethiopia who now reside in Israel. Most of the community made aliyah from Ethiopia to Israel in two waves of mass immigration assisted by the Israeli government: Operation Moses (1984), and Operation Solomon (1991). Today, Israel is home to the largest Beta Israel community in the world, with about 125,500 citizens of Ethiopian descent in 2011.

Ethiopians have claimed discrimination for years.  Israel has a difficult job accommodating Ethiopian immigrants since they are coming from a culture much different than modern Israeli society.   When they come to Israel they are placed in absorption centers in various cities in the country.  The first step is to teach them the language.  The second step is to find for them jobs.

The children are integrated into the school system and find assimilation into the society less difficult than their parents.  They suffer from a high rate of unemployment. Very few Israeli Ethiopians manage to reach middle or upper class living conditions.  The young do army service and are well respected in the Israel society since there is less of a cultural gap.  There are approximately 125,000 Beta Israel Ethiopians living in Israel.  Beta Israel Ethiopians are considered by the Minister of the Interior to be Jewish giving them complete citizenship.

The immigration of Ethiopians into Israel began in 1979.  A fourth wave of immigration began between 1990 – 1999 when the nation of Ethiopia was hit by political and economic instability. The rebels took control of the capital city of Addis Ababa.  There is a similarity of difficulties between black Ethiopians in Israel and American blacks.  Both claim discrimination and have demonstrated against police brutality.

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David Wexelman

Author of 5 books on the internet on topics of Jewish mysticism, managing two websites.

One thought to “From North Charlestown to Kiryat Atta – Anti-police Demonstrations in Israel Too”

  1. Does it seem to be one sided and evil for a people(gay & homosexual) , being only a small percent of the population, to bring the world to their knees with violence? It is happening because of wild, dislocated and down right stupid leftist and democrats from the USA pushing bills through allowing people committing homosexuality to be free from prosecution and protected. They are allowed to teach , at least in California schools from kindergarten on up that homosexuality is another way of life. At the same time they have kicked God out of the school system. Where is the justice in that and look at the fall of Roman Empire from back in history. The top reason was that homosexuality was the law of the land. Look it up for your self. Rabbi Wexelman, please keep on the good of Israel . They are Gods chosen people through which the rest of the world will be blessed.

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