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Interior Ministry official commits suicide

Interior Ministry official commits suicide after accusation of racism goes viral.

Man takes life after Tel Aviv woman complains she was discriminated against at the Population, Immigration and Border Crossing Authority.

A former Israel Security Agency official shot himself dead on Saturday evening after a Facebook post accusing him of racism had gone viral.

On Wednesday, May 20, a black woman from Tel Aviv complained in a lengthy social media post about how she was mistreated at the Population, Immigration and Border Crossing Authority (PIBA) – a branch of the Interior Ministry – when there with her small children.

In her message, which garnered significant media attention and nearly 7,000 shares on Facebook since it was published, the mother of three recounts how she was repeatedly told to go to the end of the line at PIBA, while other mothers were quickly ushered inside via a shorter line designated for parents. She asked to see the manager – the now-deceased 47-year-old man, whom she singled out by name – and told him she felt she was being discriminated against based on the color of her skin. His reply, according to the post, was to "get out of my face," if she was going to complain about discrimination.

The woman ended up waiting another two hours for assistance.

In response, the Interior Ministry official took to his own social media account to address the criticism piling up against him. "All my life’s work has at once vanished, with the thrust of a word, disappeared," he wrote hours before he was found dead in his Hod Hasharon home. "For years I have worked to make a name for myself, a name now synonymous with the vilest of terms – racism."

He acknowledged what he said was a new reality and that "this will be my fate from now on."

"I am trying to come to terms with it all," the head of PIBA said, stressing that he was not angry with the woman, who, he noted, "appears to have already overcome the incident."

"I on the other hand, cannot [overcome]," he said, before bidding his followers "Farewell" and taking his own life.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Interior-Ministry-official-commits-suicide-after-accusation-of-racism-goes-viral-403924

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