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Thousands of Ethiopian Jews take to the streets in Israel

Thousands of Ethiopian Jews take to the streets in Israel

Ethiopian Jews protested for a third straight day against the killing of a young Ethiopian Israeli by an off-duty police officer.
06.07.2019 - 11:21

At least 47 police officers were injured and 60 people were arrested following protests across Israel after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed Ethiopian teen, Israeli authorities said.

ETHIOPIAN JEWS TAKE TO THE STREETS

Nineteen-year-old Solomon Tekah, a black Ethiopian Jew, was killed when the off-duty officer fired at him in the Kiryat Haim neighborhood of Haifa.

The incident triggered violent protests. Protestors gathered in various cities and police intervened at times.

Protestors in the capital, Tel Aviv, the hot spot of the demonstrations, blocked one of the main roads near Azrieli Tower, setting fire to the cars of drivers who wanted to pass through. A kilometers-long traffic queue emerged in the capital following the protests.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the protestors to stop closing down roads and said he was saddened by Tekah’s death.

More than 140,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel. Between 1984 and 1991, some 80,000 Ethiopian Jews migrated to the country. They lived isolated for years and were only recognized by Israeli religious authorities after a long while.

In previous years, Ethiopian Jews held demonstrations protesting against the racism and discrimination they allegedly faced in Israel. According to Israeli media outlets, 11 Ethiopians have died since 1997 during clashes with the police.