Ethiopians - A source of pride, a source of shame - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Leon Blaustein
    • 03.09.09 | 10:26 (IDT)

    I emigrated to Israel about 20 years ago from America. If there was one moment that I felt truly exhilarated and proud to be an Israeli, it was Operation Solomon and shortly thereafter. Days after Ethiopian Jews were being whisked away from Ethiopia, some friends and I met the Ethiopians as volunteers in a hotel in Jerusalem set up as a temporary absorption center. There were so many Israeli volunteers that there was little for us do except watch and participate in the happiness. The pure joy in the faces of the Ethiopians and in the native Israeli volunteers/observers was indescribable and brought me hope. I thought to myself that this would not happen in America. Now America has a black president and Israel has schools that outwardly reject Ethiopians as students. Even though it is just a few schools, I am deeply ashamed and hope we learn from this, and extend what we learn to our relationships to our Arab neighbors.

    from the article: Ethiopian students affair shows prevalent racism in Israel
    First published 01:23 03.09.09 | Last updated 00:31 04.09.09
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