Hundreds of Israelis Demonstrate Against Racism in Tel Aviv

Protesters block major intersection, while chanting slogans such as “the people demand social equality”, and “we will not allow blacks to be miserable.”

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail

Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, protesting racism against Israelis of Ethiopian origin.

The demonstrators blocked a major intersection, while chanting slogans such as “The people demand social equality”, and “We will not allow blacks to be miserable.”

Protest against racism in Tel Aviv.Credit: Daniel Bar-On

The demonstration came as a response to a wave of discriminatory incidents, including housing committees in Kiryat Malachi which have been refusing to sell apartments to Ethiopians. Hate graffiti against Israelis of Ethiopian origin was also sprayed on several vehicles and walls in the town last several weeks ago.

Unlike previous protests in Jerusalem and Kiryat Malachi where the majority of protesters were of Ethiopian descent, half of the attendees at the Tel Aviv demonstration were Israelis of all ethnicities and ages.

One protest leader who spoke to the crowd said that every person in attendance should ask themselves why there are not enough Ethiopians around at their work place, while all the country’s kiosks are filled with talented people who were “taught to believe they should not strive for more.”

“We are no longer innocent, there will not be a utopia here, but we do need rules and norms…everyone deserves full representation,” the leader said.

The protest comes a week after 5,000 people demonstrated against racism in Jerusalem.
During that protest, protesters blocked a major road in the capital and marched in front of the Knesset, holding signs that read, "Blacks and Whites - We're all Equal," "Social Justice" and "Our Blood is Only Good for Wars."

Among the protesters was Mulet Araro, a 26-year-old student who set out on foot to Jerusalem from his home in Kiryat Malakhi to protest against racism and discrimination.
The demonstrators demanded legislation against racism in all walks of life in Israel, and against racism in schools in particular.

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage

Flame and smoke rise during an Israeli air strike, amid Israel-Gaza fighting, in Gaza City August 6, 2022.

Israel Should End Gaza Operation Now, if It Can

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Karolina Bielowka.

'My Uncle Told Me, ‘Go on the Trip of Your Life, Go Dig in Israel.’ So I Did'

The replica ship, 'Ma’agan Mikhael II,' sailing from Haifa to Acre in northern Israel.

Replica of 2,400-year-old Ship Solves Ancient Mediterranean Mystery

File photo: Bus operated by Kavim company.

Ultra-Orthodox Extremists Assault Woman for Sitting at Front of Jerusalem Bus