"We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians." – Nelson Mandela

Racism against Africans in Israel

Racism in Israel is not only practiced towards Arabs.

Many different groups of Africans have experienced racism from Israelis as well.

For example, in May of 2012 more than 1,000 Israelis protested in the streets of Tel Aviv, demanding the deportation of African Immigrants.
These protesters raided a predominately black neighborhood, also saying that these Africans were illegal immigrants. ILLEGAL. I’m shocked that they had the audacity to call them illegal. I mean, after all, aren’t the Jews illegaly in Israel Palestine?
Back to the story. The protesters claimed that the Africans were responsible for a rise in crime and they held signs that read “This is not Africa” along with “Stop talking, start expelling.” They also shouted racist slogans such as “Blacks out!” and “Send the Sudanese back to Sudan.”
The protesters then proceeded to set cans of trash on fire, smash windows of shops which were owned by Eritrean migrants (Eritreans are from a country called Eritrea, located in the Horn of Africa), and beat up Africans walking through the streets.
A 29 year old migrant from Nigeria, named TJ, sat watching the chaos from his rooftop. TJ had “been chased and pelted with rocks when he attempted to leave his house.”
TJ stated that “there were protesters everywhere smashing shop and car windows. A group of about 10 or 15 boys stopped a black kid cycling on his bike. They pulled him off and were punching and kicking him in his head. The police just stood and watched until it got really out of control.”
Other witnesses described the horrific act of a gang assaulting a mother who was carrying a young baby. They stated how they assaulted her so violently that she was forced to drop her child.
After the protests the Israeli police confirmed they had arrested 17 suspects involved in “a protest against illegal African immigarnts.” However, it seems that they only arrested these protesters after they were done watching and realized that things had gotten “really out of control.”

The Ethiopian community in Israel is also reported to have been hit hard by discrimination.
For example, in Israel there were school that would pride themselves with having a low number of Ethiopian students.
There were parents who requested that Ethiopian children be removed from the children’s kindergarten classes.

Also,

Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai has threatened to send African immigrants “behind bars.” Eli Yishai stated that Israel must put all these infiltrators behind bars in detention and holding centres, then send them home because they come and take work from Israelis.” And continued to say that unless action was taken by the government there would “soon be half a million to a million, and we cannot lose our country to this.”

Israeli hospitals have also been known to refuse the treatment of African patients. One incident was that of 21 year old Nestah Ibrahim, an Eritrean woman who arrived legally in Israel and was transported to a hospital in Jerusalem by ambulance. However, once she arrived she was asked if she had any money and when she said she did not they told her to go elsewhere. Nestah Ibrahim states:
“I tried to explain to them that I’m new here, that I don’t have status and rights but they weren’t convinced and they told me: “Go to a different hospital.” I asked them to at least give me pills to make the pain go away but they did not agree to give them to me.”
Also, a Tel Aviv hospital limted admissions of and banned visits by African asylum seekers ““out of concern for the spread of infectious diseases to other patients.”

In January of 2012 some 1,500 people, many of them Ethiopian Israelis, gathered for a demonstartion. They were calling for legislation against racism. The demonstration started after reports that some residents in a southern Israeli town were refusing to rent ot sell flats to Ethiopian Jews. There are more than 120 Ethiopian Jews in Israel today and the problem of integration is not new. Charlies, a Morrocco born Jew, fought in the 1970’s for equal rights for Jews who immigrated to Israel from Arab countries.

Ultimately what we see here is that not only did the Jews steal the Palestinian’s country and show forms of racism and discrimination against the Palestinians, BUT, they are also showing racism towards Africans as well and threatening to kick them out for being “illegal.”

If anyone is on anyone else’s land illegally it is the Jews who are on the Palestinian’s land illegally.

So before the Jews begin getting all legal and illegal and threaten the Africans, maybe they should think back to how exactly they got their land and how technically they are all illegal.

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