Ethiopian Israelis Protest Police Brutality in Tel Aviv

Several thousand people, mostly from Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority, protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality on Sunday, shutting down a major highway and clashing with police on horseback long into the night, The Associated Press reported. The protest was mostly peaceful during the day, but by nightfall became violent with at least 20 officers hurt and "multiple protesters" arrested, Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Thousands of Ethiopian Jews live in Israel, but their absorption into Israeli society has been rocky. Simmering frustrations among Israel's Ethiopian community boiled over when footage emerged of an Ethiopian Israeli in an army uniform being beaten by police last week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will meet Monday with representatives of the community as well as the beaten solider.

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