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Protests in Tel Aviv against killing of Ethiopia Jew

January 31, 2019 at 10:43 am

Israelis of Ethiopian origin chant slogans and carry signs as they block a highway in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on 30 January 2019, during a protest against police violence. [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]

About 2,000 Israelis, mostly those of Ethiopian origins, took to the streets of Tel Aviv yesterday to protest against the killing of an Ethiopian youth by the Israeli police two weeks ago, Arab48 reported.

The demonstrators closed the main roads in Tel Aviv, including the crossroad of Ayalon and stopped the vehicle of Chief of Israel Police Yossi Rofe and shouted: “Killer.. Gang of killers.”

One of the female protesters told Haaretz that she took part in the demonstration “because there is racism against Jews of Ethiopian descent.” She added: “I do not feel as part of the country [of Israel].”

She continued: “Two of my brothers have served in a combatant unit. This is unbelievable. You sacrifice your soul and at the end they kill you.”

The protesters raised placards reading: “Policemen kill Falasha Jews.. Violent policemen must be inside prison.. Erdan kills in a cold blood,” referring to the Israeli Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan.

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