Rivlin addresses police violence allegations in meeting with Ethiopian students

April 30, 2015 17:48

Amid an anti-racist protest in Jerusalem on Thursday after a tape was released showing the police beating of an Ethiopian IDF soldier, President Reuven Rivlin met with a group of eighty Ethiopian students at his residence where he addressed the allegations of police violence. 

"We cannot sit back in the face of anger and shouting – incidents such as these must serve as a warning sign, and an opportunity to conduct some genuine and thorough introspection on the issue of the relationship between the law enforcement services and the different communities which make up Israeli society," Rivlin said. 

"The shock that we all felt when we saw those pictures - which I am pleased to say immediately led the Israeli Police to carry out a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident and its awful outcome - is still deeply felt," Rivlin added. 

The meeting with the president was part of a seminar on education.  

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