Ethiopian-Israelis protesting racism and police brutality at Tel Aviv rally

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ethiopian-Israelis began protesting against racism and police brutality on a main thoroughfare in Tel Aviv.

Several hundred protesters arrived on Monday afternoon at Rothschild Boulevard, with thousands expected by the evening. Protesters plan to march to Rabin Square in the evening.

The protest comes two weeks after a mass protest in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv which became violent, with clashes between demonstrators and police that led to dozens of arrests and injuries.

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Organizers have stressed that Monday’s rally will be peaceful.

“Police have given a permit for the demonstration this evening in central Tel Aviv. Several thousands are expected. Police units will respond if necessary to any public disorder,” Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, according to the Times of Israel.

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