Jerusalem, January 11, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed concern over allegations of discrimination in housing against Israel's Ethiopian minority and voiced solidarity with the community following yesterday's demonstration in Kiryat Malachi against discrimination and racism.
"For too long, charges of discrimination against the Ethiopian community in Israel have been ignored," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Any discrimination of Ethiopians is contrary to the values and principles of Israel and Judaism and flies in the face of Israel's commitment to bring members of the Ethiopian community home to the Jewish State."
Mr. Foxman added, "We stand in solidarity with the Ethiopian community in their fight for unconditional equality, and reject any attempts – social, political, economic or otherwise – to segregate the community from the larger Israeli society. We hope that the public attention to recent incidents in Kiryat Malachi will lead to a greater recognition of the very real discrimination being practiced against the Ethiopian community."
The League welcomed the statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denouncing racism against the Ethiopian minority, and called on Israeli communal, political and religious leaders to come together and address the challenges facing the community, and to work toward achieving full equality for all citizens of Israel.
ADL has a long history of working with the Ethiopian community on issues of absorption and discrimination.