Ethiopian immigrants can operate protest tent, court rules


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis of Ethiopian descent can keep operating a protest tent outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled.

The high court ruled Tuesday that the tent, part of a protest of anti-Ethiopian discrimination, can remain on the site until the end of May, Haaretz reported.

Activists set up the tent in February in the wake of an anti-Ethiopian awareness campaign. In January it came to light that landlords in the city of Kiryat Malachi had banded together to refuse to rent apartments to Israelis of Ethiopian descent.

The justices gave the activists a week to remodel the tent to conform to the city’s health and safety regulations.

Former Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit visited the tent on Tuesday to offer his support. His parents and activists had set up a tent in the same location for a year before his release last October.  

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