Protests erupted in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night over police and judicial incompetence following a hit and run that killed a four-year-old Ethiopian child in May.
The Ethiopian community called out the government’s structural racism, saying authorities were being lenient towards the driver who killed Rafael Adana.
Ten were arrested and a police officer was stabbed. A protester was also injured after jumping from a bridge in an effort to escape police who were chasing him.
The protest drew the attention of prominent far-right Israeli politicians who focused on the stabbing of the officer rather than outrage pertaining to the child’s murder.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Stabbing a police officer is crossing a red line.”
National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir shared Netanyahu’s sentiment saying: “Harming police and security forces is crossing every line and we will find and charge the attacker.”
The demonstrations began in an effort to raise awareness of Rafael’s murder; the four-year-old had sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash on 6 May and died in hospital days later.
The driver, an elderly woman, justified her hit-and-run by saying that she “didn’t feel” the car hitting anything. She later gave testimony to the police about the situation and was allowed to leave the police station after being placed under house arrest.