Ethiopian Protests Move to Tel Aviv

Days after clashes erupted in Jerusalem during Ethiopian Jewish protests against racism, demonstrators plan march for Tel Aviv on Sunday.

Cynthia Blank ,

Ethiopian Jews protest in Jerusalem
Ethiopian Jews protest in Jerusalem
Hezki Ezra

Days after hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants protested in Jerusalem against police violence and racism, the demonstrations will move to Tel Aviv on Sunday, 

A march is being planned for Sunday afternoon from the Azrieli Towers to the Ayalon Highway. 

"We have a common goal - to go out and protest against racism," Inbar Bolgola, one of the organizers of the march told Channel Two. 

"We are tired of being the quiet, cute Ethiopians. Enough is enough," Samhar Michael, another participant, added. 

According to the organizers, the demonstrations are part of the struggle to find solutions to the harships, inequality, and racism that affect the Ethiopian community in Israel. 

"We want to show people that racism should not be something routine, and therefore we will disrupt their routine until they understand this," Bolgola explained.

Protests erupted outside of national police headquarters in the capital on Thursday following several recent incidents of police violence against Ethiopians including the shocking assault of an Ethiopian Jewish soldier last Sunday.

Demonstrators blocked Chaim Bar-Lev Street as well as the path of the Jerusalem light rail as clashes broke out between demonstrators and security forces, who tried to prevent protestors from entering the headquarters.

Seventeen people were wounded in the ensuing violence, which saw demonstrators burning garbage and throwing stones, while police used tear gas to disperse the protest. 

Protestors were particularly irked by the lack of condemnation on the part of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu following publication of a video showing police beating the Ethiopian soldier. 

"Why didn't he condemn the assault the very first day," one demonstrator asked. 'When another soldier of a different skin color was beaten up by haredim, he was the first to condemn."