Ethiopian-Israelis vow protest rally in Tel Aviv will be peaceful


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ethiopian-Israelis are protesting on a main thoroughfare in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality.

Several hundred protesters arrived on Monday afternoon at Rothschild Boulevard, with thousands expected by the evening. Protesters plan to march to Rabin Square in the evening.

Organizers, in the aftermath of protests that have turned violent, stressed that the rally will be peaceful.

“Police have given a permit for the demonstration this evening in central Tel Aviv. Several thousands are expected,” Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, according to the Times of Israel. “Police units will respond if necessary to any public disorder.”

Two weeks ago, demonstrators and police clashed at a mass protest in Rabin Square, leading to dozens of arrests and injuries.

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