Justice Ministry accuses IDF of discriminating against Ethiopian-Israelis

December 8, 2015 20:00

The Legal Assistance Division of the Justice Ministry on Monday filed a petition with the High Court of Justice against the IDF for allegedly using “poor conduct” discharges with Ethiopian soldiers on a discriminatory basis.

Petitions by the Justice Ministry against the IDF are highly unusual as generally the two legal arms of the state work together on a highly coordinated and cooperative basis.

A 2011 State Comptroller report noted that 66 percent of Ethiopians released early in 2010 were released for “poor conduct,” a percentage far above the frequency that these grounds are given for discharges among the general population.

Negative impacts from a “poor conduct” release can be loss of National Insurance Institute and other benefits and can even negatively impact future job prospects.

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