New Generation of Ethiopians March Toward Dream of Acceptance in Israel

Near the prime minister’s residence, Ethiopian-Israelis, some with painted faces, protested what they said was discrimination. (Photo: Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press)

The New York Times


JERUSALEM — Yetmwork Makurya, 35, had tears in her eyes as she spoke of her attachment to Israel. When she arrived as a teenager in 1991 on a secret overnight airlift from Ethiopia, she said, “Jerusalem and the land of Israel was my dream.”

Yet over the past three months Ms. Makurya has spent much of her time with an angry new generation of Ethiopian-Israeli activists on the sidewalk near the prime minister’s residence in central Jerusalem, protesting against unofficial but hurtful racism and discrimination.

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