After a violent demonstration in Jerusalem, thousands of Jews of Ethiopian origin, many second-generation immigrants, staged vociferous protests in Tel Aviv Sunday. By midnight, some 41 people were injured in clashes – 34 police officers and seven demonstrators. They were protesting against claims of police brutality and social discrimination said suffered by their community over their dark skin. When they turned violent and blocked major thoroughfares, the police broke up the demonstration by force. The protesters next marched into Rabin Sq. and clashed with large numbers of police roped in to restore order. Even after police turned water cannon and stun grenades on the rioters, they stood their ground. This eruption of outrage was first triggered by a clip aired on television showing two police officers beating up a soldier, a member of the Ethiopian community. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will receive the soldier and representatives of the Ethiopian community Monday to hear their many grievances.
Likud MK Dr. Avraham Nagosa (a leader of the Ethiopian community) demanded a commission of inquiry to probe the treatment of immigrants from Ethiopia