July 8, 2019
Last Sunday, June 30, news broke that an unarmed Ethiopian 19 year old, Solomon Teka, had been shot dead by an off-duty policeman in Kiryat Haim, a neighborhood of Haifa.
Although this was not the fact of the matter, as we shall see below, many jumped to the conclusion – fed by media reports – that this was a case of a trigger-happy racist cop who shot an innocent teenager because he was black. One major news outlet here in Israel, for example, alluded to Teka having been “gunned down” – not exactly an objective description of what had transpired, especially as there had been no conclusion yet from a police investigation. (Please! read through to learn about the conclusions of that investigation, which have now been released.)
On Tuesday, July 2, Teka’s funeral was held in Haifa.
After this, all hell broke loose: There were demonstrations all over the country, many violent.
According to Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (LIkud), the scope of the demonstrations, in so many locales simultaneously, was unprecedented.