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No Absorption for Ethiopian Immigrants to Israel

by Jeremy Elster

May 19, 2014 | 6:15 am

A survey published earlier this year shows that the majority of the public believes that Ethiopian immigrants suffer the most from Israeli racism (of any minority in Israel). The community has been discriminated against on many levels and they have struggled to close the gaps economically, socially, or representatively. The government has formulated a new plan to address the ticking social failure.

Did you know that Ethiopian immigrants to Israel are bound to the Ministry of Absorption for life?

Although budgets and initiatives to help the Ethiopian community are passed, somehow the bureaucracy absorbs much of the resources. Money gets lost in the myriad of social organizations and problems remain unresolved. Institutional discrimination or an absurdity? Probably both.

A new campaign is being run by the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews. They have so far released two videos (subtitled in English) and led a large demonstration in Jerusalem for their rights. Israel Social TV covers the story and interviews key Ethiopian activists. Watch below:

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Jeremy Elster is a Southern Californian native and New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellow working as the International Communications Coordinator for Israel Social TV...

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