Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I Got Your Israel Apartheid Right Here: Ethiopian Immigrant Becomes Israeli Cop

Ah, those racist, apartheid minded Israelis...the only country in the world to actively seek African immigrants as something other than slaves..

Pictured above is Ethiopian immigrant Asher Ayesa, and his story is well worth reading:

Ayesa's journey to Israel began when he was two years old and was carried on his mother's shoulders from his native Ethiopia. Around a month later, when they arrived at the border with Sudan, they were suspected by the Sudanese Army of being Jews. To stay alive, his family claimed they were migrant workers. This explanation was not accepted, and 55 members of Ayesa's traveling group were put in prison, where Ayesa stayed until he was seven years old.

"They imprisoned us in a cement building with an iron door and there were limited hours during which we could go outside," Ayesa said.

In 1991, Ayesa and his family finally arrived in Israel and settled in Beersheba. He later enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces' Sayeret Maglan unit. After his release from the army, he collected donations and voluntarily established a club for teens in the neighborhood in which he grew up, in cooperation with the Beersheba municipality.

Currently, Ayesa is part of a police basic training course, which he joined to be an investigator and continue his work with teens.

For Ayesa, the final weeks of the course are not easy. As a former prisoner in Sudan, he can understand the feelings of foreign migrants in Israel and is aware that as a police officer he may be part of units arresting them and deporting them from Israel.

"Despite how the Sudanese treated me and my family, every single human being needs to be treated with respect," he said.

Bechatzlechah,Ayesa. One of the wonderful things about Israel is that, like America, it's a place where someone from the humblest of beginnings can reinvent themselves as they choose.

It's a long road from being thrown into a cement jail as a young Jewish child to walking in pride and making a difference in your own country.

(hat tip, Carl)

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