Recommendations to police removed from report on Ethiopian community

by Selam

Recommendations made concerning the Israel Police by a committee detailing the widespread institutionalized and racial discrimination against Ethiopian Jews
have been removed from the committee’s report.

 

 

The report, headed by the Ministry of Justice’s director general, Emi Palmor, was compiled following extensive meetings with leaders, experts and representatives of the Ethiopian community in Israel.

 

It contains 53 practical recommendations
meant to combat racism against Israelis of Ethiopian descent and help integrate them further into society. The recommendations deal with a wide variety of fields, including law enforcement, education
and the media.

 

Members of the Ethiopian community protest against police brutality in Tel Aviv (Photo: Getty Images) 

The report also contains 15 recommendations concerning the Israel Police, which include limiting the use of Tasers and increasing supervision over them, equipping police officers in areas with a large community of Ethiopian Jews with body cameras, and handing out harsher punishments to police officers who are found to be racist.

 

But these 15 recommendations were left out of the report, leaving it with only 38 recommendations.

 

This caught some in the Ministerial Committee for the Advancement of Ethiopian Immigrants by surprise, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who heads the committee, as well as Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked.

 

Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh and other senior police officers who appeared in front of the ministerial committee knew of the changes to the report. The recommendations to the Israel Police were removed from the report the night before,

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