As you can probably infer from the title of this blog, today I wanted spend a bit of time comparing Ethiopian racism in Israel to racism towards African Americans in the United States. I have only began to learn about the problems of social injustice in Israel, and I am by no means an expert on racism in America, yet I felt that this comparison will be a good way to put some things into perspective for you.
Let’s start with a brief overview of the history of the Ethiopians in Israel and a bit about their situation now. For generations, Ethiopians have claimed to be the descendants of the biblical lost tribe of Dan, who is one of the 12 sons of Jacob; they are referred to as Beta Israel. However, because of social and political issues in Ethiopia that strung along for years, many Jews there were…
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