Years after the blood dumping scandal, Ethiopians are still resisting racism in Israel | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Years after the blood dumping scandal, Ethiopians are still resisting racism in Israel

Many Ethiopian Jews were encouraged to migrate to Israel as the state continued to consolidate itself in the 1980s. The first group flew there between 1984 and 1985; in 1991, a second group was taken to Israel by the government. By 2011, there were around 120,000 Ethiopian Jews in the self-styled “Jewish state”. African immigrants, particularly Ethiopians Jews, have arguably helped to legitimise Israel as a multicultural and democratic country in the region.

Over the past decade or so, Israel has experienced an increase in migrants from the Horn of Africa; most, says Israel, have entered the country illegally. There were 27,018 Eritreans and 7,731 Sudanese in Israel as of March 2017, according to the Population, Immigration and Boarders Authority (PIBA). Since 2013, around 14,000 have left Israel as a result of government measures against asylum seekers involving prolonged or indefinite detention, which Israel’s High Court has twice ruled unlawful. The treatment of Africans in Israel has, in general, got worse. Moreover, there have been incidents involving right-wingers displaying hostility towards all people of African descent, irrespective of their immigration status.

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