Israel portrays itself as a beacon of democracy and tolerance, but the reality is this putative tolerance and democracy apply only to its white population.
Palestinians bear the brunt of Israel’s violent structural racism and have endured decades of illegal occupation and ethnic cleansing. A recent United Nations report acknowledged « Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people, which amounts to the commission of a crime against humanity. »
Yet not even all Jewish Israelis are immune from the sting of structural racism. Jews of African descent, in particular, are far from equal to their white fellow citizens. Ethiopian Jews face intense discrimination from a system of white supremacy that bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Israel’s closest ally, the United States.
African refugees fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries, meanwhile, are likewise criminalized, subjected to even more horrific treatment and abuse.
A new documentary shines a light this pervasive bigotry. The film, »Anti-Black Racism Reveals Israel’s White Supremacy, » is part of the TeleSur news program The Empire Files, and features original reporting and interviews with Ethiopian Israelis and African refugees.