The Liberal Democracy of Israel
On Monday, the CEO of NICE Systems, one of Israel’s largest software companies, announced his company would boycott El Al after a recent flight from New York to Israel was delayed for over an hour because some ultra-Orthodox male passengers refused to sit next to women. According to CEO Barak Eilam, “at NICE we don’t do business with companies that discriminate against race, gender or religion.”
Ethiopians in Israel face discrimination that affects nearly every aspect of their lives. Successive governments have tried to block their immigration to Israel, based on the Law of Return, relying on excuses related to their halakhic status. Ethiopians earn 30-40 percent less than Palestinian citizens of Israel. They are six times more likely to be stopped by police officers than other Israelis, and the brutality officers meted out to Ethiopian citizens of Israel has repeatedly brought them out into the streets in protest.