Podcast: What’s Behind the Recent Ethiopian-Israeli Protests?

Podcast: What’s Behind the Recent Ethiopian-Israeli Protests?

The recent spate of Ethiopian-Israeli demonstrations have once again forced issues of racial inequality and oppression into the limelight. Though the protests were set off by a video of Israeli police officers beating an Ethiopian-Israeli soldier, is police brutality really the main issue here?

In this podcast, I (Adam Eisler) speak with Yuvi Tashome about the Ethiopian-Israeli experience over the generations and how it plays a central part in the recent protests. Yuvi immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia as part of Operation Moses and has dedicated her life to community building. She is one of the founders of Friends by Nature, an organization committed to strengthening the identity of Ethiopian-Israelis while teaching leadership skills and community engagement.

Click here to donate money to Friends by Nature. 

By | 2015-06-04T13:09:13-04:00 June 4th, 2015|Blog, Civil Rights, Partners for Progressive Israel, Podcast|3 Comments


  1. Alice Beauchamp June 4, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    If proof was needed, of Israeli guilt of racism, mis-treatment of Ethiopians
    gives it, unfortunately!

    • Ralph Seliger June 4, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      I hope that Ms. Beauchamp’s comment is not meant to single out Israel. There is racism and intolerance in all countries, including in Arab countries and even in Ethiopia, which is why Ethiopian Jews fled to Israel in the first place. The point is to identify and deplore such misdeeds wherever they arise, but hopefully without stigmatizing an entire nation.

      • Phillip Cohen June 5, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

        The article is about Ethiopian Jews in Israel. The comment by Alice is spot on.

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