Israel’s prime minister has said racism in the country must be eliminated, after protests by Ethiopian Israelis against alleged discrimination. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke after meeting Ethiopian Israeli community leaders and an Ethiopian Israeli soldier, whose beating by police officers fuelled protests. The prime minister praised the soldier, Mr Damas Fekade, and told him he had been shocked by the video of the beating. Afterwards, Mr Netanyahu met Ethiopian Israeli leaders in an effort to reassure the community. “We must stand together as one against the phenomenon of racism, to denounce it, and eliminate it,” he said. One of the policemen involved in Mr Fekade’s beating has been dismissed and the other suspended from the force, Israeli police said. An investigation into the incident is underway. A protest by Ethiopian Israelis on Sunday ended in clashes with police. Some protesters threw stones, bottles and chairs at police. Police fired teargas and stun grenades to try disperse the crowd.