- Oct 2017
- The tragic and unnecessary death of young Ethiopian 19 years old man, a new immigrant, Solomon Taka, has become a pretext for the “Ethiopian intifada”. But the pretext is not the root. There is every reason to believe that this match lit a fire, the combustible material of which has long been ready to flare. And flashed already more than once.
By themselves, such slogans are quite legitimate. We, former immigrants from the USSR, felt very well the racism directed against us, “Russians”. We felt even more strongly the discrimination and over-exploitation at work, and the lifelong strangulation of the housing loans. These debts are often not only lifelong, they pass on to the next generation. Debt slavery is based on high prices for everything: housing, food, and on corruption of officials, including judges, and on massive looting of the population by monopolies and mafias.
The problem of prices is not economic, but social. Netanyahu once said that this is “social Auschwitz.” He meant that high prices force young families to refrain from having children, and this is the demographic Auschwitz. The first to get this blow are socially weak strata, including Ethiopians. But why are they weak?
Upon arrival in Israel, we learned that our Ethiopian brothers are subject to “compensating discrimination”, that is, they receive serious privileges compared to “Russian” olim. And now, after thirty years, the “Russians”, like that frog from the parable, did not drown, but whipped butter underneath and got more or less arranged to the surface: we have housing, our children have learned and work, everybody to the best of their abilities and efforts. Thank God (or Netanyahu glory?), there is no unemployment in Israel.
And what about the «privileged» Ethiopians? Their position today is much worse. Of course, one should not forget the initial difference in education, and, most importantly, the unpreparedness to the tough competition in modern society (although the “Russians” suffered this unpreparedness, too).
But after all, in the next generation of olim, which grew up and was educated in Israel, these initial “scissors” of education mostly went away. So why is the “Russian” youth not driven into the revolution, but is diligently studying and working, while the young Ethiopians are not just demonstrating, but are moving towards an uprising? The answer is: possibly, the “compensating discrimination” has created an inability to fight for a place under the sun through study and labor.
In addition, there are examples of Palestinians and ultra-Orthodox: it turns out that by means of aggression it is possible to achieve the extension of privileges … The Palestinians and Hizbullah turned their war against the Jewish State into their main source of income. The most famous and recent example: Hamas obtained a large sum for having temporarily interrupted rocket attacks. Why don’t poor Ethiopians get a ransom for stopping blocking the highways and allowing working people to come to work and return home? Blocking roads and intersections is an effective method of putting pressure on the entire people of Israel. Possibly, this pressure will affect the outcome of the elections. On the one hand, the Hamas rockets, and on the other — the Ethiopian intifada, all that for intimidating us. We were punished because of voting for Netanyahu.
- Now let’s consider the role of the police in general, and in the current Ethiopian intifada in particular.
What is true of the World Village is fully relevant to Israel. Everyone knows that the main source of drugs entering Israel is Hezbollah. Nasrallah even boasted that he would destroy the youth of Israel and our soldiers with drugs. Missiles will only finish the «work». And what does the police with it? The same as do all the other policemen of the World Village.
We all complain about prohibitively high retail prices for goods and services, and we send the accusing finger towards the monopolies. Yes, trade monopolies also steal our wages in their stores.
But no less than by the monopolies, we are robbed by the local mafia, which imposed an exorbitant «tax» on all small businesses, without exception. It is they who directly dictate higher prices, by taking the «tribute» from the owners of small businesses, shops, workshops and services. Those who cannot raise prices are ruined, closed, run away from the envoys of the ubiquitous mafia.
I was an accidental witness of such a “tribute collection” when the barber, who cut my hair, turned pale to death (or rather, turned green: he was swarthy), threw me in the middle of the haircut and went out for an “interview” with two ambals who were waiting for him outside. After a twenty-minute “conversation,” he returned, finished the haircut and closed his barbershop… forever. I never saw him again.
The “Russian” owner of the cell phone workshop, where I got service for10 years, also closed his shop. The shoemaker, who very much asked me not to lose a receipt for shoes, because he had to report … no, not to the tax office, but to the mafia! – also is closed now. And what the police? The police also «patronize» businessmen … for money!
Not surprisingly, the police do not enjoy the trust of the people, including Ethiopians. The father of the dead Ethiopian guy demands an independent, rather than a police investigation of the tragic incident, and he is right!
3.So, the two main demands of the demonstrators, a protest against racism and a protest against the police, are partially or fully substantiated. The organizers of the demonstrations asked, and received, permission for peaceful demonstrations. And what happened to this permission?
I will not retell everything that the media report, and what you yourself have become involuntary witnesses. Under the cover of legitimate demonstrations, someone shakes our life, turning demonstrations from the peaceful course to the intifada of the Ethiopian minority against the working majority of Israelis.
The main subject of this intifada turned the highways along which workers return home after a busy day. This reminds us of the intifada of immigrants in France, where cars in the parking lots became the main target of the “demonstrations”. And we, as in France, have divided society into those who have cars and those who don’t have them. We must understand that our lifestyle is completely dependent on the car (or lack that). Everyone has cell phones, but cars possess only two thirds. The Ethiopians, as a rule, do not have cars, and this fact causes real Marx’s class enmity.
If the Ethiopians were protesting only against the police and discrimination, public opinion would be on their side, even in spite of excesses and violence. Well, they do not know to control themselves, so not they only…
In fact, “someone” took care to direct the “combat” part of the Ethiopians against the majority of Israelis, and in this way sets fire of a civil war in our society. The victims of such a war and of the racism generated by it will turn just the Ethiopians. The “someone” who organized this intifada does not act in the interests of the Ethiopian community, but against them, and against the people of Israel as a whole. The incident with Solomon Taka was the occasion to launch a spiral of violence. As another example, the visit of Ariel Sharon to the Temple Mount turned the pretext for the Palestinian intifada.
INTIFADA OF ETHIOPIANS