Analysis: Avera Mengistu, a flawed focus on racism

For the past ten months the family of Avera Mengistu has lived with trauma and uncertainty.  Their son has been missing in Gaza, his whereabouts and health unknown, with no sign of life. The fact that he crossed into the coastal territory willingly, and has a history of mental distress is probably of no consolation.

They have also, it turns out, not been treated with the level of urgency and sympathy one would expect for the family of an Israeli citizen held in captivity by Hamas, and only on Friday did they meet in person with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who didn’t respond to their letters asking about their son for ten months.


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