Peres: Israel Should Thank Ethiopians for Coming Here
It’s not Ethiopian immigrants who should thank Israel for rescuing them – Israel should thank them for coming, Shimon Peres said.
Aretz Sheva: By David Lev
Continuing his campaign against racism displayed by Israelis in Kiryat Malachi against Ethiopian immigrants, President Shimon Peres told students whose parents immigrated from Ethiopia in Jerusalem this morning that Israel appreciated them – and that it was Israel that owed them thanks for coming to Israel, not the other way around.
Speaking to a mixed class of Israelis and children of immigrants in the Kiryat Menachem neighborhood of Jerusalem Thursday morning, Peres said that Israel would not tolerate racism in any way. “We are against racism and Hitlerism anywhere, especially here,” Peres said. “All Israelis must feel ashamed at what we have seen in the past several days. We, all of us in the State of Israel, must thank the Ethiopian immigrants, and not the other way around.” Those who discriminate against the community “must be ashamed of their actions and statements,” he said.