Anyone who discriminates against Ethiopians should go to prison, Knesset
Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee Chairman Danny Danon
(Likud) said during a visit to Kiryat Malachi on Sunday.
Danon, as well
as MKs Daniel Ben Simon (Labor), Robert Tivayev (Kadima) and Shlomo Molla
(Kadima) visited the town following a recent news report that residents of
Kiryat Malachi signed an agreement not to sell or rent apartments to families of
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The report sparked ire in the immigrant community,
which held a protest outside the Knesset last week.
Danon said that he is
embarrassed as a representative of the Knesset that he would have to hold so
many meetings about racism against Ethiopian-Israelis.
He added that the
Aliyah Committee will work to stop segregated pre-schools and integrate families
of Ethiopian descent throughout Israel.
One of the stops on the trip was
the “Or M’Ofir” academy, headed by national- religious Rabbi Haim Druckman,
which helps young men of Ethiopian descent prepare for IDF service and
Danon commended the national-religious community for helping
integrate the Ethiopian community, while Druckman said he is thankful for
Ethiopian aliya and what they contribute to society.
“We give them an
equal chance to fit in and succeed in their private lives,” Druckman said.