Court orders Ethiopian protesters remove tent

By MELANIE LIDMAN
April 15, 2012 18:31
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The Supreme Court on Sunday called for the Jerusalem Municipality and
Ethiopian activists, who have been maintaining a protest tent outside
the Prime Minister’s residence for the past two months, to reach an
agreement to dismantle the tent ahead of national Remembrance Day in a
week and a half.

The decision, which was passed down by Supreme Court Judge Tzvi
Zilbertal, drew strong condemnation from the Knesset’s only
Ethiopian-born MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima). He pointed out that the
protest tent is in the same location where supporters and family of
the now returned IDF soldier Gilad Schalit maintained their vigil for
more than three years.

Molla pointed out there was no difference between the social justice
protest of Ethiopian activists who are angry over the government’s
failure to address what they believe is gross discrimination against
the community and the call of the Schalit family for the government’s
help in returning their son. Molla said that the court’s decision was
more proof of state-instituted racism against Ethiopian Israelis.
Activists, who have been living in the tent since mid-February
following a spate of media reports of extreme discrimination against
Israelis of Ethiopian decent, say their battle is for justice and
equality.

One woman told The Jerusalem Post that she was protesting to make sure
that her daughter would have a good future filled with confidence and
pride.

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