Rabbinate chiefs meet with heads of Ethiopian community to end violence

"We are all brothers and the correct way to settle the issues is in conversation while holding mutual respect."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
July 4, 2019 14:57
Chief rabbinate heads meet with the heads of the Ethiopian community in Israel

Chief rabbinate heads meet with the heads of the Ethiopian community in Israel. (photo credit: CHIEF RABBINATE)

Israeli chief rabbis, rabbi Itzhak Yosef and rabbi Dabid Lau met with the chief rabbi to the Ethiopian community and heads of the Ethiopian community in Israel on Thursday to bring an end to the riots following the death of Solomon Tekah, who was killed by an off-duty police officer.

The rabbis claimed that members of the Ethiopian community have the right to demonstrate and that the discrimination against the community must not be brushed aside, and added that the police must show restraint and allow the protesters to demonstrate.

In exchange to working to calm the spirits around the police forces, the rabbis requested that the community heads promise to call upon the protesters to cease the violence and demonstrate in a lawful manner.

"We call upon the members of the Ethiopian community to hold their demonstrations peacefully, as well as call upon the police forces to show restraint towards the pained protesters," commented rabbi Yosef at the end of the meeting.

Rabbi Lau joined in with Yosef's comments and added that "We are all brothers and the correct way to settle the issues is in conversation while holding mutual respect."


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