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Israeli’s Edah Haharedit racisim against Ethiopians & Ethiopian Jews

26 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi, excoriated one of the largest haredi organizations in Israel Tuesday, calling a recent ruling for the organization’s Kashrut supervision department “pure racism”.

According to a recent report by Kan, the Edah Haharedit, a haredi organization which maintains one of the largest and most widely used Kashrut supervision authorities in Israel, bars employees of Ethiopian descent at the “Barkan” winery from becoming directly involved in the production of wine.

The requirement imposed by the Edah Haharedit on Barkan as a condition for the winery’s continued use of its Kashrut supervision services – which are key to maintaining Barkan’s large share of the haredi market – stems from a rabbinic prohibition against the consumption of uncooked wine handled by non-Jews. Originally a ban on drinking wine which may have been used for pagan rituals, the prohibition was later expanded to all uncooked wine handled by non-Jews, with the aim of curbing assimilation.

In the case of the Barkan winery, the prohibition raises long-standing issues concerning the Jewishness of Ethiopian immigrants to Israel.

In the 1970s, both of Israel’s chief rabbis – Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef and Rabbi Shlomo Goren – ruled that the “Beta Israel”, a community of Ethiopians claiming to be part of a lost tribe of Israel, were in fact a genuine Jewish community with a tradition of ties to the Jewish people.

Disputes with other rabbinic authorities, however, prompted the requirement that Ethiopian immigrants coming to Israel undergo conversion ceremonies administered by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, to remove any remaining doubt regarding their status as Jews.

Despite their conversions, the Edah Haharedit – which does not recognize the State of Israel and has long been critical of state-administered conversions – has maintained a policy of barring Ethiopian Jews from directly handling wine at wineries which employ the Edah Haharedit Kashrut certification service.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the current Sephardic Chief Rabbi and son of Ovadiah Yosef, who was the first major Israeli rabbi to recognize Ethiopian Jewry, castigated the Edah Haharedit over its policy, calling it “pure racism”.

“There is absolutely no explanation for this kind of requirement [to ban Ethiopian Jews], except for pure racism. Ethiopian immigrants are unquestionably Jewish. The real question is whether we can rely on a Kashrut authority which likes to think of itself as being strict, but engages in ‘whitewashing’ and [behavior that amounts to] shedding the blood of other Jews, just because of their skin color.”

/Arutz Sheva

ISRAELI RACISM: Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis protest police brutality in what is called their Jewish homeland

4 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Yaniv Kubovich, Haaretz = Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis Protest Police Brutality in Tel Aviv
 

    Israel is a racist country. Take it from me, an Ethiopian Israeli

Hundreds of Israelis of Ethiopian descent staged a protest against police brutality in central Tel Aviv on Sunday.
Protesters were carrying signs reading “Violent cops should be jailed” and “Racist policy.” Some signs mentioned the name of Yosef Salamsa, a youth who committed suicide several months after he being reportedly abused by police officers.

Several protesters were arrested after attempting to block the Ayalon Highway. According to the police, 17 were arrested for “disrupting public order.”

A little over a year ago Ethiopian Israeli staged several mass demonstrations across the country, the largest of which, in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, ended with 46 wounded, including some 20 police officers. The protests were sparked by a video that showed officers beating an Ethiopian Israeli soldier.
 

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Israel and Ethiopian blood: Keeping It Real With Adeola

17 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory


 

The colour of slavery in Saudi Arabia – Analysis

2 Dec

Editor’s Note:

    The efforts by Khaled A Beydoun to see the problem East Africans, especially Ethiopians, have faced in Saudi Arabia through a wider lens – possibly more tempered – are useful. It is true that the main factor underwriting the problems of immigrants in Saudi Arabia is the so-called citizen sponsorship – or kafala, for sponsored legal stay in that country, as the writer has touched upon. Incidentally, international organizations have known this problem for several years now.

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Light campaigners shine around the world on Saudi brutality jigs Riyadh into flat denials, despite witnesses & digital evidences

19 Nov

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

Saudi Arabia has begun countering with propaganda campaigns to save what remains of its tarnished image, caused by the barbaric behavior of its security forces and youth vigilante groups that since November 4, 2013 have been dehumanizing Ethiopian immigrants.
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Did Israeli Doctors Force Contraception on Ethiopian Immigrants?

8 Mar

By Sorcha Pollak

Israeli Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has called for an investigation into the reported administering of Depo-Provera contraceptive shots to Ethiopian immigrant women without consent. Depo-Provera is a progestrogin-only contraceptive that is administered every three months through injection. According to Dr. Paula Franklin of Marie Stopes International who spoke with TIME, it is a “safe, medium-term reversible hormonal contraceptive” that is used around the world by women of “informed consent.” However, countless Ethiopian women have reportedly been given this contraceptive without understanding or consent.

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Admission of Ethiopian Jews to Israel depended on women taking birth control drugs!

29 Jan

By IRIN

Tel Aviv — The director of the Ministry of Health in Israel, Roni Gamzo, has issued a formal directive instructing that gynaecologists should not inject women with the contraceptive Depo-Provera without their knowledge or consent.
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