Ethiopian Israelis clash with police as they protest killing

July 3, 2019

On Sunday, January 30, 2019, in the evening, Israeli police officer, who was said to be off duty, shot dead an 18 years old boy of Ethiopian descent near Haifa city in Northern Israel. The victim is identified as Solomon Tekah.

Ethiopian Israelis are outraged by the killing and are staging demonstrations in several Israeli cities. Haifa, Tel-Aviv, and Jerusalem cities have seen furious demonstrations.

The furious demonstration came a day after the funeral of slain Ethiopian-Israeli teen and has entered its third day.  

About 111 Israeli police are reportedly wounded during the protest and 136 protesters are arrested.

Parents of Solomon Tekah are reportedly calling for protesters to pause the protest which is rocking the country.

The off-duty police officer who killed Solomon claimed that he was trying to break up a street fight.  Police issued a statement claiming that the police opened fire after “feeling that his life is in danger,” as reported by BBC News.  

However, it does not seem to be the case that the policeman was attacked as Israeli Media has cited witnesses who testified that the police who shot Solomon Tekah was not attacked.

Ethiopian Israelis have been victims of racist attacks and racism for many years now.

In 2015, for example, Ethiopian Israeli IDF soldier was beaten by Israeli Police in unprovoked racist attack- an incident which caused an outcry at the time. In the same year, there had been a widespread protest by Ethiopian Israelis against racism.

Tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jewish were flown to Israel in the 1980’s and 1990’s as aliyah through Operation Moses in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

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