Orly Malessa, a graduate of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, born in Ethiopia, stood on a raised platform in the median of Rothschild Boulevard, next to a monument to the founding of Tel Aviv. “Friends, we should be united against racism in our society… it is important for all of us to respect each person as an individual.”

The protest took place across the street from the diminutive Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of Israel on May 14, 1948. A fitting place, she remarked, to examine issues of race and equality in Israeli society.

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