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Ethiopian Jews Plan Massive Demonstration Today Against Attorney General, State Prosecutor And Police

6a00d83451b71f69e201b8d12bcfa2970c-800wiEthiopian Jewish community activists say they will stage their largest protest against racism, police brutality and government apathy to date later today in Tel Aviv. The protest is a direct response to Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinsten’s decision not to criminally charge the police officer who attacked and beat Damas Pakada, an unarmed Ethiopian Jewish IDF soldier last month.
Ethiopian Jews Plan Massive Demonstration Today Against Attorney General, State Prosecutor And Police
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Ethiopian Jewish community activists say they will stage their largest protest against racism, police brutality and government apathy to date later today in Tel Aviv. The protest is a direct response to Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinsten’s decision not to criminally charge the police officer whoattacked and beat Damas Pakada, an unarmed Ethiopian Jewish IDF soldier last month in Holon, Arutz Sheva reported.
Israel Police – who have along history of brutality and racism – made no attempt to corroborate Pakada’s version of events. But Pakada’s family located security camera video that captured the incident and released it on the Internet, where it went viral. It clearly showed the officer instigated the fight, pushing Pakada’s bicycle and then pushing Pakada in an abusive manner.
Top police brass fired the officer and called his actions unprofessional and deplorable, but Israel’s State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan refused to bring charges against him, claiming the video did not prove the officer acted wrongly. He also said the video shows that Pakada struck the first blow – although the police officer is clearly the aggressor and clearly acted violently against Pakada before Pakada responded.Nonetheless, Attorney General Weinstein agreed with Nitzan and chose not to bring criminal charges against the police officer.
The behavior of Nitzan and Weinstein was widely ridiculed among human rights activists and provoked deep anger in the Ethiopian Jewish community, which has seen promise after promise made to it by politicians broken, and which has lived through decades of police harassment and brutality along with racial discrimination in the workplace and academia.
The protesters will demand that Weinstein reverse himself and file criminal charges – something Weinstein is unlikely to do.
They also want a commission of inquiry to be established to look into what they say is a large number of cases in which Ethiopian Jews are criminally charged with attacking police, when police actually instigated those incidents and struck the first – and often the only – blows thrown.
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