[ View the story "Rape of elderly woman sparks protests in Tel Aviv" on Storify] Rape of elderly woman sparks protests in Tel Aviv Activists warn of anti-African violence in Israel after Eritrean is charged with rape.
The Stream· Mon, Dec 31 2012 12:36:16
Journalist David Sheen reported more than 100 protesters at the demonstration, which was led by Michael Ben Ari, a leader of the ultra-nationalist 'Strength for Israel' party. Below are tweets from the scene of the protest in Tel Aviv.
Crowd of anti african marchers is swelling as it heads west toward levinsky park. Took over the whole street.D Roth
"Leftists to go back to africa, too" - racist march in tlvMischi Ran
Group of Israelis leave demo, loudly and verbally accosting every African person they passed, including a woman with a baby in her armsDavid Sheen
At Tel Aviv anti-African rally, speaker on megaphone, "Whether they rape or not, whether they steal or not, they shouldn't be here".David Sheen
Human rights activists and journalists tweeted details with warnings of what some described as "racist" protests:
IMPORTANT: Please inform all your refugee friends to stay in their houses during the racist protest scheduled for 6pm at Hatikva, Tel Aviv.HMW Israel
Happy new year: Anti-African pogrom begins 6pm, Hatikvah Qtr, Tel Aviv. Right-wing nationalists to target Amine bar & any Africans they findMax Blumenthal
All Africans in South Tel Aviv tonight will be punished for one man's crime. Race pogroms are badly contained by Israeli police.Tehillah Niselow
the identity of the suspect for ten days after the rape, releasing information about his ethnicity on Monday morning. Many online debated the decision, with some saying it would likely lead to more violence against Africans in Israel.
There's a reason police don't release info about the ethnic origin of perpetrators of crimes: so as not to fuel already-boiling-over racism.David Sheen
@jethrosteve so Jews are not allowed to protest against, out of control crime being perpetrated by illegal migrant workers?Acquisitive
@IAcquisitive Rape culture out of control in Israel, that's for sure. But official police reports show African crime rate lower than IsraeliDavid Sheen