Israeli police bracing for more protests after teen’s death

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police are bracing for another day of violent protests after an Ethiopian-Israeli teen was shot dead by an off-duty police officer.

Demonstrators have blocked highways around the country, snarling traffic for hours, and vandalised vehicles in response to what they perceive as police brutality.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said yesterday more than 110 police officers have been wounded, including from hurled stones and bottles. He said more than 130 suspects have been arrested.

The violence erupted after Solomon Teka, 18, was fatally shot in a Haifa suburb. The officer said he felt he and his young children’s lives were in danger from a group of rioting teenagers. The protesters view the incident as part of a pattern of systematic discrimination by police toward the community.

A member of the Ethiopian community of Israel argues with a policeman in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya. – AFP