Ethiopians slams gov't plan to improve integration

Increasing number of Ethiopian Israelis join backlash against plan to tackle myriad social problems facing the community.

May 24, 2012 03:12
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Ethiopian Israelis demonstrate outside PMO in J'le

Ethiopian Israelis demonstrate outside PMO in J'lem 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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An increasing number of Ethiopian Israelis joined the backlash on Wednesday against a recently approved government plan aimed at improving integration and tackling the myriad social problems facing the community of close to 130,000.

“Over the years, Ethiopians have not been involved at all in creating government programs for the community,” said the Knesset’s only Ethiopian-born MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima), who called an emergency conference to discuss the plan that Prime Minister’s Office director-general Harel Locker drafted and the cabinet approved last week.

“Myself and most of the Knesset members interested in this issue will continue to insist that the Ethiopian community be involved in any final decisions and not just become an afterthought to the matter,” added Molla, who was joined at the session by MKs Miri Regev (Likud), Ilan Gilon (Meretz) and Shakib Shanan (Independence).

Speaking at the conference, Molla highlighted that the social and economic gap between Ethiopian Israelis and the rest of society was only growing and that the community as a whole was lagging far behind even the poorest sectors.

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