State honors memory of Ethiopian Jews (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Kobi Nahshoni Published: 05.20.12, 17:13)
YNet News - Yediot Achronot
YNet News - Yediot Achronot Articles-Index-Top
Prime Minister Netanyahu says ´there is no room for racism in Israel´
in ceremony honoring memory of Ethiopians who died during journey to
The moving memorial ceremony for the Ethiopian Jews who died en route
to Israel struck a particular chord with Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu who got up from his seat during the ceremony and hugged
Shai Dambel Wassa who spoke on behalf of the families.
While Ethiopian protests against discrimination and racism continue
outside the prime minister´s residence in Jerusalem, Netanyahu chose
to highlight the integration of young Ethiopians in Israeli society
in his speech, but noted that many challenges still remain.
"First and foremost we must root out the racism and discriminatory
behavior you encounter," Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu added that "We are fighting against it with all our might.
In the State of Israel there is no room for racism and boycott – not
in Israel and not against it." Netanyahu also regretted that
Ethiopian heritage and history is not well known among Israelis, and
promised this error will be corrected through educational programs.
"The story of the Ethiopians who perished on their journey to
Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating an heroric stories in the
history of our nation," said Netanyahu. "This proves how deep your
connection to Israel is. The more hardships you encountered, the more
your love for Zion grew." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY