Ethiopian-Israeli Protest Turns Violent in Tel Aviv


The streets looked as if it were Arab Spring yesterday as the protests began. I turned to my husband a 5 generation born and bred Israeli in wonder as we looked on the television together. In all my 25 years in Israel I have never seen such unrest on a public display as the Ethiopian protest yesterday. I looked to my husband for answers. He replied however that in all the generations here he too had never ever seen such a site and moreover none in which the law was being broken as police were being assaulted.

As a social observist I want to reason how this may have come about.

I think of the entire month and the unrest in nations, particularly the USA. The month has been filled with violence and unrest accompanied by violence by many. It is logical to conclude that many are watching on the internet the happenings around the world too. The desire to be like other nations for good or bad has always been Israel’s behavioral fault. Rather than want our own ways as God commanded we are enticed to follow nations. I believe this has in large part happened here. The desire to be unruly crept in as it was seen on the net all month. The notion that people can have laws broken and it will be tolerated was tested in Israel yesterday.

May we be a nation who takes care of all equally and not come under judgment as in the days of Amos the prophet. It is a time to pray. One has to ask themselves if influence from the 60,000 African illegals in tel Aviv was in any way partially influencing the unrest. The area of the violence was not far in South Tel Aviv where they took up residence. The point being that a peaceful protest went terribly wrong and many people are hospitalized as well as our policeman who are called to protect us.

On a closing thought many police make mistakes. The police made a mistake here and suddenly all the wrongs in Israel are against Ethiopians’ it was spun and telecast as so. Yet the truth is We all make mistakes daily in our jobs and family. It’s a reality and a truth.

There are some true wrongs in this situation but not all that is being spewed is able to correct. We as mere men cannot for example change man’s hearts towards sin and prejudice.

We cannot say that all the accusations against Israel now are true and amen. Many would jump on the prejudice bandwagon and use this situation to blame other ills. Yet let’s keep perspective here. Let’s pray for justice yes. Let’s pray for wisdom yes. Let’s pray for balance in the proportion to the crime or situation here. It is tragic yes, it was not right but neither was the closing of the roads or the hurling bottles at police and smashing innocents cars. WE need to forgive.. all of us.. and take time to heal. If we shall humble ourselves and pray he will see from heaven forgive us and heal the land.

Also as always brothers and sisters Let’s pray for hearts to be won for Messiah. Then we will know a better justice system, only then.

SOURCEMiriam Abramov
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Miriam Abramov is Israeli and resides in Israel. She has published and written 2 books, "Shalom At Last" (co-authored with her husband Shlomy) and also her biography titled "Married to Israel". She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Israel College of the Bible and pursued an M.A. degree in Jewish Missions. She sponsors tours in Hebrew for Israelis to teach about the Bible. She co-leads a fellowship with her husband and teaches on Israel’s feasts internationally. She is recognized with International Journalism status and enjoys writing free-lance about Israel from an informed citizen’s perspective on a variety of subjects connected to the Holy Land.