President Reuven Rivlin said Monday the anti-racism protests recently held in Tel Aviv in Jerusalem by Israeli Ethiopians has revealed an "open wound" of Israeli society that must be confronted.
"Yesterday we saw the pain, distress and anger arising from the Israeli Ethiopian community, most of whom were born and raised here," Rivlin said ahead of a demonstration in Jerusalem the day after a Tel Aviv rally against racism turned violent, resulting in dozens of injuries and arrests.
"We are not strangers, people, we are brothers and we must not regress to a place in which we will regret them," he underlined.
Rivlin added that the legitimacy of the issue should not be stymied by the violent outbursts of a handful of people.
"Protest is an essential tool for democracy, but violence is not the path nor the solution," the president stressed.