Netanyahu condemns police beating of Ethiopian, but calls for calm amid protests

April 30, 2015 21:12


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for calm Thursday evening as anti-racism protests in Jerusalem saw violent clashes between protesters and police.

The protests came after video footage was released earlier this week showing a seemingly unprovoked attack by police against an Ethiopian IDF soldier in Holon. The police officer filmed beating the soldier was subsequently suspended.

"I staunchly condemn the beating of the Ethiopian soldier and those responsible will be brought to justice," Netanyahu said.

"However, it is forbidden for anyone to take the law into his own hands," he added.

"The olim from Ethiopia and their family members are dear to us, and Israel is making a great effort to ease their transition into society. We will continue to do so in the next government as well," Netanyahu vowed.

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