Ethiopian-Israelis ask: What would have happened to this soldier?

Damas Pakada, the Israeli soldier of Ethiopian descent who was attacked by a police officer and volunteer last Sunday in Holon, was accused of attacking the officer and arrested, only to be released once a surveillance video of the attack was uploaded to social media. Fentahun Assefa- Dawit, executive director of Tebeka – Advocacy for Equality and Justice for Ethiopian Israelis, says that this was the straw that broke the camel’s back, but not an isolated incident.

Assefa-Dawit says the only thing unique about this incident is that it was caught on film, for young Ethiopian Israelis being attacked by police and then falsely accused of crimes is an all-too common scenario.


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