Lt. Col. Tamir Elazar remembers the first time he heard the words “Ethiopian nigger.” It happened when he was 11, a student at Talpiot boarding school in Hadera.
“A classmate fought with me because I broke his pen, and he said I was an Ethiopian nigger. Instead of being hurt, I hit him. After the break we went back to being friends. I remember it like it was yesterday. It burned me up, and I will not allow that to happen to me or my family.”