“Jasmine Revolution”
Symbol of peace: Flowers placed on the barrel of a tank
in very much calmer protests than in recent days in Tunisia

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011
Mannoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi. "Mohammed suffered a lot. He worked hard. but when he set fire to himself, it wasn’t about his scales being confiscated. It was about his dignity." (Peter Hapak for TIME)

1 - TUNISIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

How eyepatches became a symbol of Egypt's revolution - Graffiti depicting a high ranking army officer with an eye patch Photograph: Nasser Nasser/ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 - EGYPT Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

''17 February Revolution"

3 - LIBYA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

5 - SYRIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

"25 January Youth Revolution"
Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
(Subjects: Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" (without a manager hierarchy) managed Businesses, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
"The End of History" – Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)
(Subjects:Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Muhammad, Jesus, God, Jews, Arabs, EU, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Africa, South America, Global Unity,..... etc.) (Text version)

"If an Arab and a Jew can look at one another and see the Akashic lineage and see the one family, there is hope. If they can see that their differences no longer require that they kill one another, then there is a beginning of a change in history. And that's what is happening now. All of humanity, no matter what the spiritual belief, has been guilty of falling into the historic trap of separating instead of unifying. Now it's starting to change. There's a shift happening."

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

African Union (AU)

African Union (AU)
African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017 (AFP Photo/ Zacharias ABUBEKER)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Few words can describe Nelson Mandela, so we let him speak for himself. Happy birthday, Madiba.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Israel's Ethiopian Jews: a struggle to integrate

Yahoo – AFP, 4 May 2015

Israelis from the Ethiopian community take part in a demonstration in 
Tel Aviv on May 3, 2015 (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Ethiopian Jews protesting against alleged police brutality and racism have staged heated demonstrations over the past week that turned violent as they clashed with security forces.

The integration of Ethiopian Jews into Israeli society has long been a struggle.

Israel has some 135,500 Jewish Israelis of Ethiopian descent, including more than 50,000 born inside the country.

Israelis from the Ethiopian community in 
Jerusalem take part in a demonstration 
near a major junction in Jerusalem on
April 30, 2015 (AFP Photo/Gali Tibbon)
For centuries, Jews in Ethiopia were largely cut off from other Jewish communities, and Israel's religious authorities only belatedly recognised them as members of the faith.

Israel then carried out two covert airlifts of Ethiopians to the Jewish state in 1984 and 1991, transporting thousands of people who had faced famine and persecution at home.

Despite government aid, Ethiopian Jews in Israel have always been disadvantaged.

They earn 40 percent less than the average Israeli, according to NGO the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ).

More than a third (38.5 percent) of Ethiopian Jewish families live below the poverty line -- a rate much higher than the 14.3 percent of Israelis as a whole.

Most live in the poorest neighbourhoods of major cities.

The IAEJ also points towards a high rate of imprisonment.

At Ofek prison north of Tel Aviv -- a jail for minors -- some 30 percent of inmates are from the Ethiopian community, despite comprising just 3 percent of the population.

The community has been at the centre of storms over alleged institutionalised racism in recent years.

In 2013, Israel's equivalent of the Red Cross refused to accept blood from an Ethiopian Jewish lawmaker, sparking demands for a review of guidelines seen as deeply discriminatory.

The health ministry guidelines at the time barred donations not from the entire community, but from 80,000 Africa-born migrants, ostensibly over fears about the AIDS virus.

The previous year, an investigative news programme into the declining birth rate among Ethiopian Jews uncovered claims that would-be migrants were told they would be refused entry if they did not take contraceptive injections.

Israelis take part in a demonstration in Tel Aviv called by members of the
Ethiopian community on May 3, 2015 (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)

The health ministry subsequently warned that immigrants must not be given contraceptives without their proper consent.

In addition to the 1984 and 1991 airlifts, Israel has facilitated the immigration of several thousand members of the Falash Mura community, notably in 2010 when the cabinet approved a plan to allow some 8,000 into the country.

The Falash Mura, or "wanderers" in Ethiopia's Amharic language, are Ethiopians of Jewish descent. They are not considered Jewish under the faith's strict rules because their ancestors converted to Christianity, many under duress, in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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