Ethiopian Israelis demonstrate against racism

This 3 May 2015 video from Israel is called Thousands Of Israeli Ethiopians Protest In Tel Aviv.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Ethiopian Israelis demonstrate against racism

Today, 18:13

In Tel Aviv hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis have demonstrated against racism. The reason for the protest is a video which shows that police beat and pushed a black soldier.

Hundreds of Ethiopians marched through the city and chanted: “There are no blacks, no whites, there are only humans.”

The Ethiopian community in Israel has complained for a long time about discrimination and racism. Of the approximately eight million Israelis, about 135,500 come from Ethiopia. In the 1980s and 90s, tens of thousands of Ethiopians went to Israel, after Israeli rabbis had decided that they were descendants of a lost tribe of ancient Israel.

MORE than 1,000 Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin protesting against police brutality experienced it first-hand on Thursday when police turned on them. At least 13 people were injured and two police officers and five protesters were taken to hospital after angry crowds surged towards the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said: here.

Wounded Ethiopian Israeli demonstrator

UPDATE: 41 injured in Ethiopian Israeli protest in Tel Aviv: here.

TEL AVIV police fired stun grenades on Sunday to disperse a 10,000-strong rally by Israelis of Ethiopian origin demonstrating against police brutality and widespread discrimination. Mounted police also used water cannon and pepper spray in several failed attempts to disperse the furious protesters and clear nearby streets: here.

A massive protest in Tel Aviv by Ethiopian Jews against racism and police violence was attacked by police with horse charges, water cannon and baton rounds: here.

British government betrays British refugee from Ethiopian dictatorship

This video says about itself:

Atrocious Torture and Inhuman Treatment in Ethiopia…part 1

30 June 2013

It is a personal testimony of a person who was detained and tortured by the tyrannical regime in Ethiopia.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Tories won’t push to free Londoner

Saturday 4th April 2014

FOREIGN Secretary Philip Hammond has refused to request the release of a British citizen who was kidnapped and taken to Ethiopia over nine months ago, rights organisation Reprieve alleged yesterday.

London dad Andargachew “Andy” Tsege has been held at a secret location in Ethiopia since he was abducted in June 2014 while in transit at Sanaa airport, Yemen.

A prominent critic of human rights abuses in Ethiopia, Mr Tsege faces a death sentence imposed in absentia in 2009.

He has not been seen since December, when the British government was granted a brief and heavily monitored meeting.

Despite this, Reprieve said yesterday that it had been informed by the Foreign Office that instead of requesting his release, it will press Ethiopia to follow due process.

“The UK’s failure to even ask for Andy Tsege’s release over the past nine months is nothing short of a scandal,” said Reprieve death penalty team head Maya Foa.

“We’re talking about the illegal kidnap, rendition and possible torture of a British citizen — and a father of young children — by a government that had already sentenced him to death on trumped-up politically motivated charges.”

The Ethiopian government has refused to say whether it will carry out the death sentence and has rejected requests by Mr Tsege’s family, British officials and Reprieve lawyers to visit him in prison.

“The government of Ethiopia is supposed to be a close ally, but its refusal to reveal where Andy is being held or how he’s being treated shows only contempt for the UK and for Andy’s rights,” Ms Foa said.

Saudi airstrikes kill refugees in Yemen

This 2013 video is called Ethiopian refugees being tortured in Saudi Arabia.

Now, in 2015, it seems that even torturing refugees is still not bad enough …

From Reuters news agency today:

An airstrike [by the Saudi Arabian air force] hit the area of the Mazraq refugee camp in the northern Yemen district of Haradh Monday, killing 21 people, humanitarian workers told Reuters.

An air strike at a camp for displaced people and refugees in Houthi-controlled northern Yemen on Monday killed 45 people and wounded 65, the International Organisation for Migration said: here.

Saudi Arabia’s invasion of Yemen. Perpetuating chaos and lawlessness in the Middle East: here.

Egyptian military dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced at a meeting of the Arab League on Sunday that the organization had agreed in principle to the formation of a regional military force: here.

Pakistan declines to join Saudi Arabia’s anti-Iran alliance. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected, at least for now, Saudi Arabia’s entreaties for Pakistani troops to help guard the Saudi border with northern Yemen, controlled by Iranian-backed Houthi Shiite forces: here.

Human ancestor discovery in Ethiopia

This video says about itself:

Becoming Human Documentary

16 December 2013

Humans (variously Homo sapiens and Homo sapiens sapiens) are primates of the family Hominidae, and the only extant species of the genus Homo. Humans are distinguished from other primates by their bipedal locomotion, and especially by their relatively larger brain with its particularly well developed neocortex, prefrontal cortex and temporal lobes, which enable high levels of abstract reasoning, language, problem solving, and culture through social learning. Humans use tools to a much higher degree than any other animal, and are the only extant species known to build fires and cook their food, as well as the only known species to clothe themselves and create and use numerous other technologies and arts. The scientific study of humans is the discipline of anthropology.

Humans are uniquely adept at utilizing systems of symbolic communication such as language and art for self-expression, the exchange of ideas, and organization. Humans create complex social structures composed of many cooperating and competing groups, from families and kinship networks to states. Social interactions between humans have established an extremely wide variety of values, social norms, and rituals, which together form the basis of human society. The human desire to understand and influence their environment, and explain and manipulate phenomena, has been the foundation for the development of science, philosophy, mythology, and religion.

The human lineage diverged from the last common ancestor with its closest living relative, the chimpanzee, some five million years ago, evolving into the australopithecines and eventually the genus Homo. The first Homo species to move out of Africa was Homo erectus, the African variety of which, together with Homo heidelbergensis, is considered to be the immediate ancestor of modern humans. Homo sapiens originated in Africa, where it reached anatomical modernity about 200,000 years ago and began to exhibit full behavioral modernity around 50,000 years ago.

From Science:

Published Online March 4 2015

Early Homo at 2.8 Ma from Ledi-Geraru, Afar, Ethiopia


Our understanding of the origin of the genus Homo has been hampered by a limited fossil record in eastern Africa between 2.0 and 3.0 million years ago (Ma). Here we report the discovery of a partial hominin mandible with teeth from the Ledi-Geraru research area, Afar Regional State, Ethiopia, that establishes the presence of Homo at 2.80-2.75 Ma. This specimen combines primitive traits seen in early Australopithecus with derived morphology observed in later Homo, confirming that dentognathic departures from the australopith pattern occurred early in the Homo lineage. The Ledi-Geraru discovery has implications for hypotheses about the timing and place of the origin of the genus Homo.