Ethiopian Protesters Unhappy with Gov´t Plan (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/13/12)
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Ethiopian immigrant protesters who have been camped out in Jerusalem
for 93 days are unhappy with the government decision to implement
programs to assist Ethiopian Jews in housing and employment. The
decision lacks substance, according to Almito Parda, one of the
leaders of the encampment.
Parda likened the decision to "an aspirin tablet" that did nit
provide a thorough solution for the Ethiopian community´s deep
distress. "The decision is intended to silence the cry for true civil
equality for members of the Ethiopian community, in different fields
such as education, employment, housing, religion and the criminal
police brutality against Ethiopian immigrants," she said.
Referring to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s statement earlier
Sunday, Parda asked rhetorically: "If we are indeed ´flesh of the
Jewish people´s flesh,´ why does the Rabbinate still refuse to
recognize us as full Jews? Why are the religious officials [Keisim –
ed.] not recognized by the Chief Rabbinate as possessing the
authority to marry couples or – G-d forbid – proclaim their divorce?
Plans are endless but implementation is minimal," she determined.
The High Court has decided that the Ethiopian Jews´ encampment must
be dismantled by the end of the month. Parda said that while the
protest tent may fold, the protest will continue. (IsraelNationalNews
© 2012 05/13/12)
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