Yityish “Titi” Aynaw has won the honor of becoming the first black woman to be crowned Miss Israel, but during a conversation with Buzzfeed, she revealed that the country has mistreated African immigrants.
“I’m not ashamed to say that there is racism in Israel; it’s a problem, but it’s a problem that Israel is working on and it’s something that Israel is trying to fix and it’s actually improving,” said 22 year old Aynaw.
“I don’t feel the racism, me, exactly,” Aynaw said. “But my family feels it sometimes.”
Aynaw, who was born in Ethiopia, made headlines when she became the first black to ever be crowned Miss Israel.
“I came to Netanya to live with my grandmother and I went to regular class in high school,” said Aynaw, who emigrated to Israel at age 12. “I just went to regular class and I was integrated with everyone.”
After high school, she served as a commander in the Israeli Army.
“If you feel like you’re going to be segregated then you end up being segregated, but if you feel like you’re going to be part of the society then you’ll be accepted,” she said.
In 2012, Israeli mobs attacked African immigrants in Tel-Aviv and the Israeli government crafted a plan to begin deporting them.
Demonstrators shouted, “Blacks out!” and ”Send the Sudanese back to Sudan.”
The mob trashed the city, smash!ng windows and setting debris and buildings on fire. The mob is also accused on pelting blacks with rocks and grabbing blacks in the neighborhood and bea†ing them.
“We will soon begin with the process of returning infiltrators to their countries of origin,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I’m saying these things to the residents of south Tel Aviv whose pain I understand. We will solve this problem in a responsible manner.”