Ethiopian Protest Organizer Promises No Violence

Protest against racism scheduled for Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv on Monday; organizers stress they have no desire for violence.

Cynthia Blank ,

Ethiopian Jews clash with police in Tel Aviv
Ethiopian Jews clash with police in Tel Aviv
Ben Kelmer/Flash 90

Another protest against racism and police brutality organized by Israel's Ethiopian community will take place Monday on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv. 

Thousands of people are expected to attend Monday's demonstration which will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will last for several hours. 

Police reinforcements have already been sent to Tel Aviv to prevent potential conflicts or violence that may result from protestors blocking roads in the area. 

Two Israel Police officers brutally beat Ethiopian soldier Damas Pakada in Holon earlier this month, sparking a series of mass protests in major Israeli cities. 

One protest in Tel Aviv became violent with dozens injured and a handful more arrested, prompting protest organizer Inbar Bogale to tell Channel 10 on Monday morning that there is no intention for this protest to turn violent. 

"The demonstration will not be violent," she said on the Orly and Guy morning program. "We have no intention that it will be violent - that's not our aim. We want to show the country that we will not remain silent despite them asking us to wait."

"That's not acceptable," Bogale added. "The struggle continues and we must say it aloud."

Bogale informed Channel 10 that the protest organizers had also made clear to police that they were uninterested in the demonstration turning violent, and asked police to exercise restraint.

"We are also human beings and we have no taste or desire to come into contact with the police. But we also intend to block roads and disrupt Israel's routine, because racism here is routine."