'Discrimination against Ethiopians should mean prison term'

Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee Chairman Danny Danon makes comments during visit to Kiryat Malachi.

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January 23, 2012 01:57
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Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon of Likud

MK Danny Danon 311. (photo credit: Courtesy: Knesset)

 
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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.

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 Ethiopian descent.

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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 university.

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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