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Saturday, May 09, 2015 

Racist treatment of Ethiopians hurts Israel

A writer for Israel National News says that the way blacks like Damas Pakada were treated by racist police officials is a shame unto the nation:
To watch the video of Damas Pakada, an Ethiopian IDF soldier, being beaten by a police officer and a passing volunteer is to feel revulsion. It is also a jarring reminder of what Israel and its Zionist dream must face and tackle.

Let’s be clear. For a Zionist, one who believes that the return of Jews to our Homeland is a divinely inspired and holy act, the plight of the Ethiopians is not a source of guilt, but a source of shame.

The story of bringing the Ethiopian Jewish community to Israel is one of the great humanitarian stories of our time. It flies in the face of the institutionalized prejudice that pervades the western world and is a great reminder that Zionism is about the ingathering of all Jews from wherever they might be, regardless of whom they are. [...]

The situation is more complicated because of language, custom, educational and basic cultural disparities. Yes, blackness has something to do with it as well, but Israel is used to people of “color” – Yemenites, most prominently, but also Cochin Jews from the Indian sub-continent, and many dark Mizrachi Jews.
Yes, they too, along with "settlers" have been victims of this kind of horrific prejudice that from what I can tell, stems to some extent from the left, which wasn't exactly hospitable on their part to most of these groups. And it's damage that'll take a lot of work to repair.

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