Ethiopian Israelis Urge US to Condemn Government in Addis Ababa
JNS.org – Nearly 100 Ethiopian Israelis protested in front of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv on Monday, urging America to stop supporting the Ethiopian government, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The demonstration followed the deaths of more than 400 Ethiopians in the Oromia and Amhara regions during anti-government demonstrations that began in November 2015. Protesters were also sparked by the Ethiopian government’s plan to expand the capital through a project that would displace farmers.
“The United States must condemn the murders of Ethiopian citizens,” one protester, Endalamaw Hailei, told the Jerusalem Post. “I joined [the demonstration] because I care about Ethiopia.”
Many in Israel’s Ethiopian community have family members who still live in the African country. 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.