Mint Press News, June 2, 2015

Avera, who is age 24, is being held by the authorities in Gaza.

Facebook photo of detainee Avera Mengistu..

Facebook photo of detainee Avera Mengistu.

[...] The Israeli far-right detests freeing Palestinians it considers terrorists with “blood on their hands.” Whenever the government has freed such prisoners, the extremists have pummeled the ruling Likud party.  Netanyahu wishes to avoid this at all costs. And it is far easier to avoid such a situation when the prisoner is Ethiopian, since neither the government nor the public cares as much as it would for a Jewish Israeli prisoner.