Implementation of the Government policy to promote the best integration of Ethiopian immigrants into Israeli society - Ministry of Public Security and the Israeli Police

what was decided?
The "Palmor Committee" was a product of the public protest by the Ethiopian Israelis, and was set up as a result of Government Resolution no. 1107 in 2016. The committee’s recommendation was formulated through joint work by senior representatives of several government ministries, social activists from the Israeli-Ethiopian community, and academics, and its purpose was to provide a comprehensive, infrastructural response to institutional racism towards citizens in general, and towards those of Ethiopian origin in particular. Most of the recommendations were adopted in two government resolutions – no. 1958 in August 2016, and no. 2254 of December 2016, which is the subject of this report and deals with recommendations concerning the police. Government Resolution 2254 anchors the Palmore Commission's recommendations regarding police responsibilities in dealing with racism, as published in the commission's report. In addition, the attached report follows the implementation of the Commission's recommendation regarding police equipment with body cameras, which is not included in Resolution 2254. The report was written by Aviv Malin, an investigator on the Monitoring Project, led by Michal Sternberg, director of governance at the Center for Civil Empowerment.
What's up with that?


The findings of the follow-up work indicate that 67% of the government decision clauses are fully implemented; 8% will be partially implemented; 25% will not be implemented.
Generally speaking, these are relatively high implementation rates, which relate to a range of issues that have been at the heart of the discourse and public scrutiny, including refreshing procedures (using teaser), formulating new procedures (identifying to a police officer) and delivering briefings and workshops to police officers.
However, the analysis of the decision clauses raises important unsatisfying clauses - such as the publication of an annual report detailing complaints against police officers who were racially motivated and the disciplinary proceedings taken (if any) against those police officers.

Analysis of the clauses reveals three major barriers that lead to difficulties in implementation: lack of budget planning, lack of inter-office coordination and managerial conduct. All of these are detailed in the body of the report.

Read the complete Monitor report (Hebrew)

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