Dozens of Ethiopian-Israeli social activists met with Knesset members for an emergency meeting to discuss the issue of racism on Tuesday, following the recent demonstrations against the treatment of the Ethiopian-Israeli community.
Hadash-Joint Arab List MK Dov Hanin, who hosted the meeting along with former MK Pnina Tamano-Shata, said that after hearing serious claims about police discrimination, a dangerous track towards segregated schooling, disproportionate jailing rates and more, what stands behind it all is "one harsh word: racism." He claimed that "racism is a disease that harms many sectors in Israeli society and threatens all of us."
Tamano-Shata stated that the Knesset is not yet doing enough for the Ethiopian-Israeli community. "We must not settle for the fact that there is an Ethiopian MK," she said.