MK Danny Danon 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Knesset)
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.
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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
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.
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“We give them an
equal chance to fit in and succeed in their private lives,” Druckman said.
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