Netanyahu affirms he will not accept racism against Ethiopian-Israelis


( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, said he will not tolerate any racism in Israel in response to a report about racism against Ethiopian Israelis.

Demonstration of Ethiopian residents in Tel-Aviv. Credit: Harvey Sapir via Wikimedia Commons.

"I am not prepared to tolerate racism in our state. I am not prepared for people to be tripped up by the color of their skin. This is terrible," Netanyahu said in a statement.

Netanyahu received a report on the eradication of racism against Israelis of Ethiopian origin from Justice Ministry Director General Amy Palmor, who heads the team established by Netanyahu.

"We, on the ministerial committee, have heard heart-rending and hair-raising stories and we started to take action against racism even beforehand. But now, in the wake of this report, which is part of our decisions, we will take further steps and I am pleased that there are people, men and women, who are determined to uproot this phenomenon from our lives. This befits neither our country, our citizens nor our people," Netanyahu said.

The ministerial team expects to approve the recommendations brought forth in the report on Tuesday.

Posted on August 1, 2016 .