Shutafut-Sharakah, a coalition of Jewish and Arab civil society organizations, Monday announced its support for Mulet Araro's one-man march to Jerusalem to protest discrimination against Ethiopian immigrants, saying there is a direct line between such discrimination and anti-Arab racism.

"There's a direct link between calls not to rent apartments to Arabs and calls not to rent apartments to Ethiopians," the coalition said yesterday. "After no move was made to dismiss the chief rabbi of Safed, who urged people not to rent to Arabs, and given the racist attitudes spreading through Israeli society toward anyone who's not a light-skinned Jew ... it's time for everyone battling racism to unite to fight all its manifestations."

As a group committed to seeking equality for Israeli Arabs, the coalition said it considered itself obligated to demand full equality for people of Ethiopian origin as well. "There's no reason why those who came from Ethiopia should have to fight the racism exhibited against them by themselves," the coalition said.

It added that its representatives will be joining tomorrow's planned demonstration in Jerusalem to protest discrimination against Ethiopian Jews.