Hundreds call for Release of Ethiopian-Israeli held in Gaza

Hundreds call for Release of Ethiopian-Israeli held in Gaza Hundreds call for Release of Ethiopian-Israeli held in Gaza

Hundreds of people marched down Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard on Saturday evening in solidarity with Avera Mengistu, an Ethiopian-Israeli who entered Gaza in September 2014 and has been missing ever since. He is presumed to be in Hamas captivity.


Hundreds demonstrate to call for the release of Averu Mengistu, missing in Gaza for nearly three years, Tel Aviv, June 3, 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Marking 1,000 days since his disappearance, protesters wore t-shirts bearing his image, and with the words “Where is Avera?” on them.

Hundreds demonstrate to call for the release of Averu Mengistu, missing in Gaza for nearly three years, Tel Aviv, June 3, 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Since the gag order on Mengistu’s disappearance was lifted in July 2015, 11 months after he went missing, critics have publicly questioned the government’s inaction over trying to secure his release.

Hundreds demonstrate to call for the release of Averu Mengistu, missing in Gaza for nearly three years, Tel Aviv, June 3, 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

In nearby Petah Tikva, meanwhile, hundreds of people demonstrated in Petach Tikva on Saturday evening against police brutality and threats to freedom of expression.

Hundreds demonstrate against police violence and threats to freedom of expression, Petah Tikva, June 3, 2017. (Orly Noy)

Demonstrators held up signs protesting police violence and calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stand trial, as well as for the Attorney General to resign.

 

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Ethiopian-Israelis, Gaza, Protest, Avera Mengistu