Ethiopian Israelis urge U.S. to condemn Ethiopian government

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(JNS.org) Nearly 100 Ethiopian Israelis protested in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on Monday, urging the U.S. government to stop supporting the Ethiopian government, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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More than 400 Ethiopians have been killed during anti-government demonstrations that began in November 2015 in the Oromia and Amhara regions, according the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch.“The United States must condemn the murders of Ethiopian citizens,” one protestor, Endalamaw Hailei, told the Jerusalem Post. “I joined because I care about Ethiopia.”

Other protesters said they believe the U.S. can influence Ethiopia’s government to stop the murders of Ethiopian citizens.

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The protests were sparked by the Ethiopian government’s plan to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia which would displace farmers.

Many in Israel’s Ethiopian community have family members who still live in the African nation. There are at least 9,000 Ethiopian Jews still waiting to emigrate to Israel, following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval to process their immigration through a $1 billion program.

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