80 Ethiopian Jews wounded, 80 arrested at protest

Ethiopian Jewish protesters
Ethiopian Jewish immigrants to Israel protest a ruling by the rabbinate that they must undergo conversion to be considered Jews. File Photo

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – A Jewish group says that Ethiopian police injured 80 Ethiopian Jewish protesters and arrested 80 more during a demonstration near the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa.

Hamse Sutotow, chairman of the Beta Israel Association, said 2,000 Ethiopian Jews gathered Wednesday at the Israeli Embassy. The protesters were demanding the right to Israeli citizenship.

Sutotow said he believes the police action was ordered directly or indirectly by the Israeli Embassy.

Ethiopian Jews in the past have mounted hunger strikes in the pursuit of being granted citizenship.