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A car set on fire by Ethiopian protesters in Tel Aviv, July 2, 2019. Flash90

A 27-year-old Netanya man was indicted Wednesday for torching a vehicle during riots last week in Tel Aviv over the shooting death of an Ethiopian-Israeli man.

This is the first indictment filed by the State Prosecutor’s Office against those involved in the days-long chaos that reigned after an off-duty police officer fired a single bullet, aimed at the ground, after being targeted in a stone-throwing attack by three Ethiopian-Israelis, including 19-year-old Solomon Tekah who died in the incident.

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The officer had been walking to the park with his wife and three small children, including an infant, when he saw a street fight in progress and attempted to break it up – placing himself and his own family in danger as a result.

A subsequent investigation by the Israel Police Internal Investigation Unit determined that Teka was killed by shrapnel from the bullet as it ricocheted after hitting the ground – but the Ethiopian-Israeli community has been unable to accept this news.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.